Liverpool ‘look at a move for much sought-after AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie this summer’ as they try to break his contract deadlock in a bid to replace Georginio Wijnaldum
- Franck Kessie can leave AC Milan this summer with a large number of clubs interested
- Liverpool are reportedly one of them as they are looking for a new midfielder
- Kessie is ready for crunch talks at the San Siro as he enters the final year of his deal
- The much sought-after Kessie is currently with Ivory Coast at the Tokyo Olympics
Liverpool are interested in moving to much-in-demand AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie this summer, according to reports.
Kessie is entering the final 12 months of his contract and there have been questions about his long-term future with the San Siro.
And the uncertainty has put a number of clubs on red, with The Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy claiming that Liverpool are keeping an eye on the talented 24-year-old.
Liverpool are interested in a move to AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, according to reports
A dispute over the wages submitted by Milan is believed to have brought negotiations over a new deal for Kessie to an impasse.
The former Atalanta man currently earns around €2.2 million (£1.9 million) a season, but Milan would be open to raising the figure to €4 million (£3.4 million) to avoid him leaves.
However, no agreement has yet been reached with Kessie’s representatives who are reportedly demanding closer to €6million (£5.1million) – and this deadlock could spell the Ivorian exit.
Kessie (right) enters the final 12 months of his San Siro deal and his future is uncertain
The same report adds that while Kessie could ultimately choose to renew with Milan, the player has no shortage of admirers from across Europe.
Liverpool would be particularly interested in a swooping, and confrontation talks between Kessie and his club next week could clarify the situation.
After Georginio Wijnaldum left Anfield on a free transfer to join Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool are looking to bring in a new midfielder.
Jurgen Klopp (L) would like to sign a new midfielder after Georginio Wijnaldum’s departure
Paris Saint-Germain have officially unveiled Wijnaldum as their latest signing on a free transfer
Boss Jurgen Klopp would have preferred Wijnaldum to have stayed on Merseyside, but the Holland international’s contract was allowed to expire instead.
Their rumors about Kessie may help them find an ideal replacement, but Milan hopes to finally sort out their star’s future in the coming weeks.
Milan technical director Paolo Maldini last week insisted that Kessie remains firmly in the club’s plans for next season.
Kessie is currently on international duty with Ivory Coast during the Tokyo Olympics
“Franck Kessie will stay because he is part of our future,” he told reporters. “We’re in the process of renewing his contract.”
Kessie, meanwhile, is fully focused on representing his country at the Tokyo Olympics, which are now officially underway.
His campaign in Japan also got off to a perfect start, after taking home the winner in Ivory Coast’s 2-1 win against Saudi Arabia.