AC Milan star Franck Kessie may be available in the summer on a free transfer after the midfielder entered the final six months of his contract.
The Ivory Coast international has yet to agree on terms for a new deal and is now allowed to speak to club’s outside Italy to sort a pre-contract agreement, as per The Athletic (£).
It is believed that United are one of the clubs watching Kessie, as well as Liverpool and Man City, but that won’t come as a surprise with the Reds desperate to add quality to their midfield department.
Nemanja Matic is not getting any younger and it’s time for some fresh faces in the middle of the park, so I would expect United to keep an close eye on Kessie since he could sign on a Bosman in the summer.
We know that Kessie is strong, powerful and has a an impressive range of passing. He also has an eye for goal after finding the net five times so far this season.
Although he hasn’t been at his best this season, it looks like one big club will gain from signing him on as a free agent in the coming months.
Is Kessie the midfielder United are crying out for?
I caught up with Oli from Sempre Milan to get more details on the AC Milan ace.
“The gauge has shifted a bit with Kessie, who was undoubtedly a contender for player of the season for Milan in 2020-21, but for whatever reason – be it general struggle or the fact his future is affecting him – he has not hit those same heights this season.
“He has been sloppier overall making several key errors and I could count his dominant performances on one hand. We offered to triple his salary but he wants more, and now the general consensus among Milan fans is that we are well covered by the emergence of Tonali (who has totally outshone Kessie this season) and can use the wages saved to go and get a better replacement if Kessie doesn’t want to be here. If he does renew, it will be on our terms and rightly so.”
Oli added: “I may end up being totally wrong here but I do not see him adapting well to the Premier League. He struggles at times with the intensity of Serie A which isn’t high, and when he makes an error it seems to almost always result in a goal or a red card. When he has even less time to think in the Premier League I think it could be disastrous.”