Man United knocking on Kessié’s door
Premier League giants Manchester United are set to throw their hat in the ring for AC Milan’s Ivorian international midfielder Franck Kessié.
According to Italian Football TV citing claims in Sky Italia, Kessié is still at odds with I Rossoneri over a new contract and has yet to agree to fresh terms.
PSG, Barca, Man United and Inter are monitoring Kessie’s contract situation.
If Kessie decides to not renew (Milan offering €6.5M, he wants €9m), Milan could look at offers in January even if it remains tough & try to bring Adli in from Bordeaux.
📰 via Sky Italia pic.twitter.com/1Wo6ad9xZ4
— Italian Football TV (@IFTVofficial) November 11, 2021
Milan is thought to be tabling a new deal worth €6.5million while the midfielder has his heart set on an even more lucrative package worth €9million. Should the two parties not come to agreeable terms, the San Siro outfit are said to be open to allowing him to part ways with the club in January as to avoid losing him on a free in the summer, and Manchester United look primed to compete for his signature should that occur.
But United will not have a clear path to securing Kessié’s services during the winter window, as the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, the new Xavi regime at Barcelona, and Milan’s bitter Serie A rivals Inter are also keen on prizing him away.
A big upgrade on paper in the center of the park
Few would argue for the need at Man United for midfield reinforcements after some of the criticisms received this season regarding particular performances.
The likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s favorite midfield duo Fred & Scott McTominay have come under scrutiny this term from the likes of former United midfielder Paul Ince, and truthfully, the Red Devils could do with a massive upgrade in midfield. Franck Kessié fits the bill.
With Donny van de Beek all but on the outs at the club and Paul Pogba sidelined with a hamstring injury and not expected back until right around the turn of the year, a deal for Kessié would not only provide the club with a long term solution in midfield to upgrade on Fred and McTominay but also offer badly needed depth in quality that the club is currently lacking.