Newcastle eyeing Milan’s Franck Kessie

Kessie has also been linked with Everton and Arsenal in recent weeks.

The 23-year-old has become one of Milan’s key performers in the past two seasons, with the San Siro side securing him on a permanent contract from Atalanta in the summer after two years on loan.

Italian website Tutto Mercato Web claim that Newcastle have contacted AC Milan over a possible transfer, but their valuation of the Ivory Coast international falls way short of the mark.

Having just secured Kessie on a permanent deal, the Toon’s feeble offer of a €5m loan deal with an option to buy is likely to be dismissed sharpish.

The Rossoneri seem in no rush to see the Ivorian leave Milan any time soon, having paid €24m for him last summer – any fee from Newcastle to prise him away from Serie A would need to be significantly weightier.

Arsenal sweep aside Newcastle

The Gunners overcame a lifeless first half to turn it around and pick up their second win of 2020.

Newcastle had the first couple of clear cut chances of the game, nearly benefitting from an own goal when Danny Ceballos diverted a Shaun Longstaff shot – but Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno was on hand to make a smart save.

Joelinton was presented with a golden chance in the 15th minute as Valentino Lazaro’s cross found him in space at the near post, but the Brazilian couldn’t finish, and you can see why he hasn’t scored a Premier League goal since August.

The striker did prove his worth at the other end, though, as he produced an important goal line block to deny Skhodran Mustafi as Arsenal probed for an opener.

Eddie Nketiah, on his first Premier League start for Arsenal, could only clip the top of the crossbar from 10 yards after being set up by Nicolas Pepe, and the game went into the break all square.

The Gunners didn’t have long to wait before they did go ahead however, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did the damage in the 54th minute, the 30-year-old in the perfect place to find the corner with a cushioned header from Pepe’s pinpoint cross.

Pepe enjoyed a golden few minutes as just three minutes later he got on the scoresheet himself to make it 2-0.

This was down to the skill and enterprise of Bukayo Saka, who nutmegged Lazaro and teed up the Ivory Coast international to coolly sweep into the bottom corner.

That seemed like the end of the contest, but on another day Newcastle might have made a comeback.

David Luiz made a brilliant block for Arsenal from Alan Saint-Maximin, whose pace and energy was a threat throughout.

The Newcastle winger struck the post with a curling shot shortly after, but Arsenal made sure of the points in the 90th minute – Mesut Ozil scoring his first goal since last April, slotting home from Alexandre Lacazette’s assist.

Lacazette then ended his long wait for a goal as he struck for the first time in over two months, scuffing home another Pepe cross at the death.

Final score at the Emirates Stadium: Arsenal 4-0 Newcastle

Newcastle eyeing Milan’s Franck Kessie

Kessie has also been linked with Everton and Arsenal in recent weeks.

The 23-year-old has become one of Milan’s key performers in the past two seasons, with the San Siro side securing him on a permanent contract from Atalanta in the summer after two years on loan.

Italian website Tutto Mercato Web claim that Newcastle have contacted AC Milan over a possible transfer, but their valuation of the Ivory Coast international falls way short of the mark.

Having just secured Kessie on a permanent deal, the Toon’s feeble offer of a €5m loan deal with an option to buy is likely to be dismissed sharpish.

The Rossoneri seem in no rush to see the Ivorian leave Milan any time soon, having paid €24m for him last summer – any fee from Newcastle to prise him away from Serie A would need to be significantly weightier.