TOTTENHAM have reportedly hijacked Barcelona’s move for Frank Kessie by tabling a ‘powerful offer’ for the AC Milan midfielder.
Kessie is out of contract at the end of the season and was thought to have agreed terms with Barcelona over a free transfer.
But now Spurs have put a spanner in the works with an offer of their own, according to Sport.
Tottenham transfer chief Fabio Paratici has made Kessie the No1 target for the summer.
It’s understood a package that includes a hefty weekly wage and signing-on bonus has been tabled.
But in a blow to Spurs, Kessie is still thought to favour a move to Barcelona.
Boss Xavi is targeting a defensive midfielder on the cheap to replace the ageing Sergio Busquets.
If that is the case then Paratici and Antonio Conte will be forced to look elsewhere for an alternative.
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Rodrigo Bentancur was brought in from Juventus on deadline day to shore things up in the middle of the park, but Conte ideally wants to add another midfielder to his side.
And he is reportedly planning on looking to the other side of Milan should the North Londoners be beaten to the signing of Kessie.
Arturo Vidal, who played under Conte at Inter Milan, is also a target.
But there is plenty of interest in the Chilean, who is also out of contract in the summer.
Calciomercato claim the 34-year-old is the subject of a four-way transfer tussle.
After losing out on Luis Diaz to Liverpool in January, and potentially Kessie to Barca, Conte will be desperate for history not to repeat itself.
Although interest from Aston Villa, Marseille and Galatasaray may make luring Vidal to North London difficult.
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