Report: Chelsea identify 'devasting' 24-year-old as ideal N'Golo Kante replacement

Chelsea have landed upon AC Milan’s midfielder marshal Franck Kessie as the player to take over from N’Golo Kante’s thrown.

According to Pianeta Milan, Kessie has been recognised as Kante’s successor, should the Blues decide to part ways with their Parisian prince.

Kante’s contract doesn’t expire until 2023 and there have been ongoing murmurs about an extension.

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Yet, if Chelsea do cash in on the two-time Premier League winner, they’ve already located his direct replacement.


Kessie joined Milan in 2017 as a fresh-faced 20-year-old, who had just burst onto the scene with Atalanta.

The 24-year-old is now fully-fledged but continues to impress for the Rossoneri.

He made 50 appearances last season, scoring 14 goals and providing six assists from central midfield.

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Former Milan forward Antonio Cassano lavished praise upon the Ivorian’s shoulders in March whilst speaking to Bobo TV.

 “I want Kessie in my team, he scores, he assists, he has personality, he has quality, he doesn’t lose the ball, he is intelligent,” he said.

“I’m watching him carefully; against Roma he was devastating.”

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Cassano also went on to liken Kessie to Yaya Toure, a man who dominated the English top division for nearly a decade.

Chelsea will of course face competition if they move in for the Milan menace.

His deal runs out next summer, with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal said to be interested.

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Kessie has left a lasting impression on me in what I have seen of him so far.

Elegant in possession, but in a bullish manner, very much like Yaya Toure.

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Nobody can perfectly fill Kante’s shoes, however, I could easily see Kessie doing a similar job for Chelsea.

Perhaps not so much on the defensive side; more about breaking up play, initiating attacks, working between both boxes.

I just highly doubt the Blues will sell N’Golo anytime soon, which may mean the Kessie train will have already left the station.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.