Liverpool keen on AC Milan star Franck Kessie as Jurgen Klopp looks for Gini Wijnaldum replacement


Franck Kessie is firmly on Liverpool’s radar (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool have registered a strong interest in AC Milan star Franck Kessie, according to reports in Italy.

Kessie is about to enter into the final 12 months of his contract at the San Siro and a sense of uncertainty has been mounting over the Ivorian’s future as his agent prepares for showdown talks at Milan’s offices next week.

The 24-year-old, formerly of Atalanta, is currently earning around €2.2million net per season and Milan are prepared to go as high as €4m-a-year in order to tie him down with another long-term deal.

However, Kessie’s camp have been demanding closer to €6m which has caused a degree of friction between the two parties and there’s a real possibility the midfielder make way, just as Gianluigi Donnarumma and Hakan Calhanoglu have done before him this summer.

Kessie scored Ivory Coast’s winning goal in their Olympics opener against Saudi Arabia (Picture: Getty)

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Kessie is not threatening to pack his bags just yet but Milan are aware that the Ivory Coast international has admirers both in Italy and overseas, who will be keeping close tabs on his current situation.

The report claims Premier League giants Liverpool are especially fond, with Jurgen Klopp determined to bring in a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum before the transfer window closes.

The Reds made it clear they intended for Wijnaldum to stay but the Dutchman allowed his contract to run down and joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer earlier this month, bringing an end to a five-year spell on Merseyside.

Kessie is keen to stop the speculation becoming a distraction while away on international duty at the Tokyo Olympics and he got off to a flying start in the Ivory Coast’s opening match, scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia.

Milan technical director, Maldini, and director of football, Frederic Massara, are desperate to resolve Kessie’s future as quickly as possible, though, and will push for an agreement once he returns from Japan.

Last week, Maldini insisted Kessie remained at the heart of the club’s plans going forward under head coach Stefano Pioli.

‘Franck Kessie will stay as he’s part of our future,’ Maldini told reporters.

‘We’re working to extend his contract.’


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