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“There are at least 20 clubs following the lad, including the best in Europe,” agent George Atangana told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli about his client Franck Kessié back in March 2017. “His price? Whoever wants him will have to invest a lot.”
Full of hope – which would eventually turned out to be false – in their new Chinese owners, AC Milan would beat off the competition and win that battle to capture the Atalanta midfielder’s signature. It was part of a spending spree that would eclipse any other Italian side in summer 2017, as the Rossoneri also snapped up the likes of Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus and young Porto striker Andre Silva.
The latter pair have since moved on, yet 21-year-old Kessié is proving he is still a vital part of the Milan midfield, and why he continues to attract interest from both home and abroad. Initially signed on a two-year loan deal, the San Siro outfit have an obligation to buy the player at the end of the current campaign, meaning he could well be discussed on the European transfer market again this summer.
West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers are just two of the Premier League clubs already linked with a move for the Ivorian international and it’s not difficult to see why.
“Technically he has a good foundation and an impressive physical dominance. I guess he can play one day at a big club,” former boss Gianpiero Gasperini told reporters back when the player was just 19 years old. “This is because there is a need for players with his physicality, the Italian teams in do not suffer tactically or technically, but physically. In other leagues there is greater intensity. Kessié, in this sense, can become an important player because he has everything.”
Indeed, a look at this season’s statistics backs up the faith shown in him by Gasperini, Kessié having improved in almost all areas. Already on two goals and one assist in 12 league starts for the Rossoneri, the midfielder is averaging a career-high 88.6% passing success rate from 51.3 attempts per match. Notching up 0.9 clearances per match and 0.4 blocks highlights that this all-round player is putting in a shift defensively, but it is in his creative talent where the youngster is truly beginning to shine.
His season for Atalanta in 2016/17 yielded just 0.6 chances created for teammates on average per match, and while that figure improved upon his move to Milan last term to 1.2, this season has seen him take a leap to 1.7. Usually deployed on the right-hand side of a midfield three, his improvement in forward play has undoubtedly helped winger Suso – deployed just in front of him by boss Gennaro Gattuso – to thrive.
The former Liverpool man has scored four goals and provided eight assists this term, safe in the knowledge that he is well backed-up by Kessié behind him. This is exactly the demonstration of maturity at such a young age which will drive the Ivorian’s suitors back to him this summer, and proves that there are big things ahead for a supremely talented all-rounder.
We’ve seen the likes of Reiss Nelson and Jadon Sancho rise a huge amount in recent weeks and with this in mind, I thought I would look at what youngsters could form the next generation of the Argentina national team.
If you’ve not yet heard of Cristian Pavon (£2.08, here) you will soon. The 22-year-old is already one of Boca Juniors best players and has been capped 11 times for the senior squad. Capable of playing as a wide forward or as a number 9, Pavon has a huge amount of admirers and Arsenal are one of the clubs heavily linked, with a January bid possible.
Lautaro Martinez (£2.63, here) has already earned a move to Europe, but has struggled with injury since joining Inter Milan and for regular game time due to the presence of Mauro Icardi. There’s no doubt that he is a player with a huge amount of talent and is still just 21 years old so there’s plenty of room for growth.
He scored his debut goal for Argentina last month in a 4-0 win vs. Iraq, with the national team well aware of his ability after he started his career in his birth country. Between the ages of 17-20 he netted 22 goals in just 48 appearances for Racing Club.
The only time he’s completed 90 minutes in Serie A so far this season he scored and was arguably the best player on the pitch (2-0 win vs. Cagliari).
On the Index, Lautaro’s price could rise significantly once he nails down a place in the Inter Milan team. What works in his favour is that he is capable of playing a little deeper, so could work in a tandem with Icardi.
Agustin Almendra (£1.45, here) is another to watch: An 18-year-old midfielder and already the heartbeat of an impressive Boca Juniors team. He’s being linked to the likes of Manchester City already and the sky is really the limit for this youngster.
Dubbed the new Javier Mascherano, Stuttgart midfielder Santiago Ascacibar (£1.24, here) is highly thought of throughout Europe already. The 21-year-old is good on the ball, but great at breaking up play and sitting between the defence and midfield. As Premier League clubs search for the next N’Golo Kante, don’t be surprised to see Ascacibar linked with a Premier League switch
A little known fact. I first joined FootballINDEX back in July 2016 and my first trade was a certain Paul Pogba for the princely sum of £1.41
Back then I did not really know too much about how the Index works but I managed to build a good portfolio of players and immediately fell in love with the product.
Football has always been a passion and to make money from something you love, well, what could be better?
My portfolio remained fairly modest and I’d top up here and there but not by any big amount.
It was only in early September this year that I really began trading seriously. I was reviewing my finances, my savings, my investments and, no doubt like a lot of us, was seeing that it wasn’t really growing an awful lot.
My savings, percentage wise, had barely grown at all and my ISA performance was actually down a few thousand pounds.
The FootballINDEXTwitter community were showing excellent growth on their portfolios and the ROI for some of the big boys was truly staggering (see ASP’s below!)
Decision made! My banks savings account was never going to return anything like this and my ISA and other stocks and shares based investments were looking a little too volatile and I knew that if I did my research and trusted my instincts then I could make a whole lot more on FootballINDEX.
I’ve not looked back since! I absolutely love it and that’s why I launched FootballINDEX Futures. I’d honestly recommend FootballINDEX. Adam Cole knows what he is doing, he has created something truly incredible and that’s why I call it “The Future of Football Betting” as it offers so much more to a traditional bet where it’s often game over after 90 minutes!
What have you got to lose? You can trade risk free up to £500 for 7 days so if you don’t like it they will give you your money back.