Arsenal are in major need of recruitment this summer with Unai Emery well aware of his squad’s failings.
The Gunners embarrassing defeat in the Europa League final to Chelsea was another reality check.
Emery is now eyeing San Siro star Kessie as one of this summer signings with intentions of bolstering his options in the middle of the park.
The £30m-rated midfielder is also on Tottenham’s radar though according to the Daily Express.
Milan are prepared to listen to offers of £30m and upwards for the Ivorian who played 42 times across all competitions.
The 22-year-old is looking to play European football next term which rules out a move to West Ham.
Manuel Pellegrini had been keeping tabs on Kessie, but may have to explore other avenues after guiding the Hammers to a tenth place finish.
Both Arsenal and Tottenham are in the market for midfielders, albeit for differing reasons.
Emery continues to try and provide his leaky defence with some resistance despite Lucas Torreira impressing in his debut season.
Arsenal’s transfer business comes as:
Tottenham meanwhile have the futures of several big names up in the air and could find themselves replacing, rather than adding to, their squad.
Eric Dier has reportedly emerged as a target once again for Manchester United while Christian Eriksen has cast doubt over his future in the capital.
Arsenal’s frugalness and tight purse strings in the transfer market may hamper Emery’s bid to sign Kessie though.
Even Tottenham, who are notorious for a reluctance to splash out on players, appear to have a bigger transfer kitty with Mauricio Pochettino finally wearing the board down.