Manchester United ‘raise their interest in AC Milan’s Franck Kessie’ with a midfielder who could be in talks on a free transfer from January – with the club ‘identifying him as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba’
- AC Milan star Franck Kessie can arrange free transfers to foreign clubs in January
- Kessie’s deal expires next summer, putting several elite clubs on edge
- Manchester United are again linked with an attack on the midfielder
- With Paul Pogba’s future also uncertain, Kessie could be recruited as a replacement
Manchester United have increased their interest in AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, according to new reports in Italy.
The much sought-after Kessie, 24, can sign a pre-contract with foreign clubs from January, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.
His uncertain future has led several teams to fill in for him in hopes of sealing a bargain-free transfer, which United believe is one of them.
Manchester United have reportedly expressed their interest in AC Milan star Franck Kessie . increases
Bringing in a new midfielder could be a priority for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as Paul Pogba may also be on the move.
Pogba, who has had an excellent start to the season, could walk away for free from his club next summer, and an extension may be unlikely.
As a result, La Gazzetta dello Sport, via calciomercato, claim United have their sights set on Kessie, who could be recruited as a replacement for Pogba.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have identified midfielder Kessie as a potential target
Paul Pogba can leave United on a free transfer, leaving Kessie room to make the switch
His wage demands could be a stumbling block for some parties, however, as Kessie is reportedly demanding a salary of €8 million (£6.8 million) a year.
Milan can only bring in €6.5m (£5.6m), well below the expected figure, meaning they run a real risk of losing one of their prized assets.
But this wouldn’t be a problem for United, who have a track record of wasting money on lucrative contracts in their quest for silverware.
And Kessie could prove to be a worthwhile investment. He has been a regular performer for Milan since joining them from Atalanta in 2017.
Kessie’s contract with AC Milan expires next summer and he can talk about free transfers soon
With 147 league appearances to his name, it’s no wonder Kessie is also reportedly followed by Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.
As a boost to any of the clubs, Kessie would like to move to the Premier League when his term at the San Siro comes to an end.
As reported by 90minKessie has turned down Milan’s latest contract offer, with his heart now seemingly set on a high-profile move to England.
He sees the playstyle at the top as a match for his own game, adds the same outlet, but Kessie is said to have suitors elsewhere in the world as well.
It was recently claimed that Kessie has his sights set on a great move to the Premier League
But Milan boss Stefano Pioli insisted he wants Kessie to sign a new contract with the Italian club
Both PSG and Bayern Munich are said to have inquired about him in the past.
For now, Milan refuses to give up hope of keeping Kessie. Last week, head coach Stefano Pioli outlined his wish for the player to stay.
“I would like Kessie to sign,” he told Italian media. Negotiations between the club and his agent are continuing and I don’t think it’s time to worry.
“With Franck I only talk about matters related to the field and I always see him as positive and serene, there are no problems.”