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Arsenal have been chasing AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie for over a year now but it looks like the player is not likely to move out of Italy in the summer.

A couple of weeks ago, Kessie’s agent George Atangana had hinted that the player has no intentions of moving out of Milan at the end of the ongoing season.

I remember that we joined Milan when they were a gamble, we did it because this is a club that has always meant a lot to us,’ Atangana told Calciomercato, via Metro.

‘Now there is a project under development and for this reason, the present leads me to think that the future can also be red and black. We are in one of the most important clubs in the world, which certainly does not experience the moment of greatest splendour, but which intends to revive itself.

‘Ivory Coast has closed its borders and for this reason, it is not easy to bring him back, but I know Franck trains every day to ensure he is ready, and he tries to make himself useful also from a social point of view.  He sent food for families in difficulty and gave masks and disinfectants. In a situation like this, whoever can help must do so.’

But it seems like there has been a change in plans since as per a prominent journalist, not only Arsenal but now Napoli have also joined the race to sign the 23-year-old.

@SightsMilan wrote on Twitter: “On Kessie: Franck Kessie attracts the interest of Rino Gattuso who is convinced that he can make Kessie play at 100% in Napoli. However, Napoli must solve the Allan situation first.”

Is Franck Kessie a big miss for Arsenal?

Arsenal desperately need a new defensive midfielder before the new season begins and Franck Kessie would have been the perfect replacement to someone like the faltering Granit Xhaka.

But we doubt if Mikel Arteta will be too worried about losing the AC Milan man since the Gunners currently have Thomas Partey as their first priority target.

Atletico Madrid are finally ready to part ways with Thomas meaning the Premier League club will only shift their focus to Frank Kessie once Mikel Arteta is absolutely sure he will not be able to sign Thomas.

This also means, Serie A side Napoli ride now are practically running a one-horse race in the transfer of Kessie.

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