Many Premier League clubs have been put on alert after reports surfaced that midfielder Franck Kessie has rejected AC Milan’s offer of a new contract.
Kessie, 24, moved to Milan from Atalanta in the summer of 2017. His first two years at the San Siro were on loan before he penned permanent terms. However that deal will expire next summer and the Serie A giants want to extend his stay at the club. The Ivory Coast international has enjoyed an excellent campaign with Milan, with 11 goals and three assists in all competitions.
And coach Stefano Pioli is keen for the African ace to remain with the Rossoneri for the foreseeable future.
According to Calciomercato, Kessie was offered a fresh deal on €3.5m per year. But he has turned it down and his future is up in the air.
Milan will not want to lose a player who cost them £21.6 million for nothing and so he may be sold. There is still time for the Italians to renegotiate with the talented schemer but they may look to cash in.
Last month, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham were all mentioned in connection with the player. But Chelsea have also been linked, with manager Thomas Tuchel a fan.
Il Milanista reported that Tuchel “dreams” of signing Milan Kessie. The Blues could use Fikayo Tomori as bait to sign the former Cesena loan star.
The England defender is on loan with Milan and there has been talk of making his temporary switch permanent this summer. Kessie might travel the other way as part of the deal but other clubs are sure to enter the picture.
Man Utd an option for Kessie
Kessie leapt to the attention of United’s management during this season’s Europa League tussle between the clubs. He was superb in both legs of the last-16 encounter, despite Milan crashing out 2-1 on aggregate.
The Ouragahio-born star could be viewed as a replacement for Paul Pogba should the France international finally move on.
Liverpool look like losing Georginio Wijnaldum and will therefore need a replacement. Kessie would seem to tick all the boxes as a player who could do a similar job to the Dutchman.
But Juventus are also thought to be suitors and the Old Lady have been tipped for a summer clear out. They are unlikely to win the Scudetto this term, with Inter way ahead and Andrea Pirlo will want to put that right.