According to Il Milanista, Premier League side, Aston Villa have made a pre-contract offer for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie to join the club in the summer. But reports also suggest that the AC Milan midfielder would prefer a switch to Spanish giants Barcelona over Aston Villa.
Franck Kessie is out of contract at the end of the current season. While AC Milan have offered Kessie a contract extension offer. It is nowhere close to matching the finances that clubs outside of Italy are offering the midfielder. So as things stand, Kessie looks set for a move away from the Serie A outfit on a free transfer at the end of the season.
The Ivory Coast midfielder has played a key part in the rebirth of AC Milan at top of the Italian game. He initially joined the Italian giants on loan. But later the move was made permanent as a reward for Kessie’s exceptional performances. He has made a total of 212 appearances for Milan in all competitions. In this time he has recorded 36 goals and 16 assists from midfield. (stats via Tramsfermarkt)
This term yet again Kessie has been an internal part of the AC Milan starting lineup. He has made 28 appearances across all competitions this term. In this time he has recorded five goals and one assist. (stats via Transfermarkt)
The Ivory Coast midfielder is a wanted man across Europe. Alongside Aston Villa, Barcelona are also keen to land the 25-year-old. Major European clubs the likes of Liverpool, PSG, and Manchester United are all scouting the midfielder.
Franck Kessie’s stance on Aston Villa and Barcelona’s interest
Reports coming out of Italy and Spain suggest that Spanish giants Barcelona have also offered a pre-contract to Frank Kessie. While Aston Villa’s offer still remains better financially than Barcelona’s. Reports also say that Kessie would still prefer a move to Barcelona over Aston Villa.
No doubt Steven Gerrard‘s arrival at Villa Park had made Aston Villa quite an exciting project in the Premier League. On top of that, the prospect of playing in the Premier League is quite difficult to turn down for any player.
But despite Barcelona’s financial troubles in the recent past. The club have managed to bring in the likes of Adama Traore, Ferran Torres, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window. The club have also started to pick up results with club legend Xavi at the help. A prospect of a place in the starting lineup at Camp Nou might be too much for Kessie to turn down.
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