Transfer chief Fabio Paratici enjoyed an extremely busy but productive summer at Tottenham Hostpur.
The Italian was able to successfully offload several ageing members of the squad, as Moussa Sissoko, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela all departed for Watford, Al-Duhail and Sevilla respectively.
Spurs also needed to add a number of players to freshen up an underperforming squad so Italian goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini was brought in on loan, whilst tough-tackling defender Cristian Romero, Brazilian right-back Emerson Royal, talented youngster Pape Sarr and Spanish playmaker Bryan Gil were all brought on a permanent basis.
In fact, the deal to bring Gil to N17 involved sending the aforementioned Lamela in the other direction as the north London club were able to successfully complete a player-plus-cash transfer, something that is notoriously difficult to do given the added intricacies involved.
Now, Tottenham are being linked with another swap deal involving wantaway midfielder Tanguy Ndombele and AC Milan star Franck Kessie.
Italian outlet Calciomercato claim that Spurs are extremely interested in bringing Kessie to Spurs and could try to tempt Milan in January by offering them Ndombele, who is yet to feature this season under head coach Nuno Espirito Santo.
The Ivorian international, who is valued at £49.5million on Transfermarkt, has just six months remaining on his current deal at San Siro, meaning he can begin discussing pre-contract deals with foreign clubs in just four months time.
Nevertheless, the report claims that both Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are both vying with Tottenham for the 24-year-old signature, meaning that Paratici may have to act fast in the upcoming window in order to land the powerful midfielder.
Kessie has previously made it no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League, stating back in 2017 that he dreams of playing in the English top-flight, although he namechecked Spurs’ rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.
“I like the Premier League and in particular Manchester United, the club I dream of playing for,” he told Tuttomercatoweb.
“Chelsea? That is also a big club, nobody would turn them down, but I dream of United.”