Tottenham are preparing bids for Franck Kessie & Alessio Romagnoli but are facing rival interest

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Tottenham Hotspur will make official moves for AC Milan duo Franck Kessie and Alessio Romagnoli, as they make sure to secure them on pre-contract in January, 90min understand.

Both players have only six months left on their respective contracts and are entitled to start formal negotiations with foreign clubs from Saturday, with the aim of possibly securing a free transfer before the summer.

90min revealed in September that the Premier League was emerging as a favorite spot for the Ivorian midfielder Kessie, who first made his name in Serie A in Atalanta. The 25-year-old has so far avoided Milan’s attempt to get him to sign an extension.

Spurs have long been keen on Kessie and coach Antonio Conte have given their approval for CEO Fabio Paratici to move forward with an approach, although they are also aware that they are not the only interested Premier League club in the mix.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been linked with Kessie’s representatives in recent months, as has Newcastle – who could make a significant bid, but their offer would depend on securing their Premier League status.

Milan still hope they can persuade him to extend his stay, but their task will be made all the more difficult when he starts being presented with alternative offers in January.

Rossoneri captain Alessio Romagnoli is in a similar situation. The 26-year-old midfielder is in talks with the club, but it is understood that they are looking for him to take a drop in salaries and it remains to be seen if there is something he is willing to do.

Romagnoli has attracted interest from all over Europe, but again Tottenham and Conte are very much in conflict with him. Chelsea, who may well need more than a new midfielder during the summer, are also very interested in his contract negotiations.

The Blues may stop competing with Spurs for both Kessie and Romagnoli.

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