The 24-year-old is now into the final year of his contract at the San Siro. Consequently, he will be free to talk to foreign clubs from January if there is no agreement over a new deal with Milan.
According to llmilanista, English heavyweights Liverpool and Manchester United are monitoring the midfielder’s situation. They will consider a move in January to sign the player permanently or negotiate a pre-contract agreement for him to join for free next summer. Liverpool and United aren’t the only Premier League clubs interested in Kessie – he has been linked with London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur as well.
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Some reports do say that Kessie is currently in talks to potentially extend his deal at San Siro. AC Milan director Paolo Maldini is hopeful that the Italian club will be able to agree a new deal with Kessie.
“We have been talking to the agent for a year and a half. There have been many meetings and there will be others”, Maldini said in an interview.
However, Kessie’s current wage demands have complicated the negotiation process at present. The Ivorian midfielder is demanding around €6.5 million (£5.5 million) a year on a five-year contract. This is a figure Milan are not willing to pay.
This is far less than his earlier demands €8 million (£6.5 million) a year plus bonuses. Moreover, Milan expect Kessie’s demands to lower over time. As such, the two parties will then be able to reach an agreement.
Kessie joined AC Milan from Atalanta in 2017. He has made 187 appearances for the club across all competitions, scoring 30 goals and providing 15 assists from midfield.
Liverpool and Manchester United will have to be patient in their approach to sign Franck Kessie as no final decision on his future has been made yet.
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