Manchester United have stepped up their interest in AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, according to new reports in Italy.
Highly demanded Kessie, 24, is in a position to sign a pre-contract deal with foreign clubs from January, with his deal set to expire at the end of the season.
His uncertain future has led several teams to rush for him in hopes of sealing a free transfer, with United being one of them.
Manchester United reportedly intensified interest in AC Milan star Franck Kessie
Bringing a new player to midfield may be a priority for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Paul Pogba could also find himself on the move.
Pogba, who has had a superb start to the season, is able to leave his club for free next summer, and an overtime may be unlikely.
As a result, La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Calciomercato, claims that United has set its sights on Kessie, who could be recruited to replace Pogba.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly identified midfielder Kessie as a potential target
Paul Pogba could leave United with free transfer, freeing up room for Kessie to make the switch
His salary demands may prove to be a stumbling block for some parties, however, with Kessie saying he demands a salary of € 8million (£ 6.8million) a year.
Milan can only shell out € 6.5million (£ 5.6million), well below expected figure, meaning they run a real risk of losing one of their most valuable assets .
But that wouldn’t be a problem for United, who are used to spending money on lucrative contracts in their quest for silverware.
And Kessie could turn out to be a worthwhile investment. He has been a regular performer for Milan since joining them from Atalanta in 2017.
Kessie’s AC Milan contract expires next summer and he can discuss free transfers soon
With 147 league appearances under his belt, it’s no wonder that Kessie is also followed by Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.
In a boost to each of the clubs, Kessie is reportedly keen to move to the Premier League when his terms at San Siro end.
As reported by 90min, Kessie snubbed Milan’s latest contract offer, with his heart now apparently set on a full-scale move to England.
He sees the style of play in the top flight as a match for his own game, adds the same selling point, but Kessie is said to have contenders elsewhere in the world as well.
It was recently claimed that Kessie was aiming for a stellar change to the Premier League
But Milan boss Stefano Pioli insisted he wanted Kessie to sign a new contract with the Italian club
PSG and Bayern Munich have both reportedly researched him in the past.
For now, Milan refuse to give up hope of keeping Kessie. Head coach Stefano Pioli expressed his wish for the player to stay last week.
“I would like Kessie to sign,” he told Italian media. “Negotiations continue between the club and their agent, and I don’t think this is the time to be concerned.
“With Franck, I only talk about subjects linked to the field and I always see him as positive and calm, there are no problems. “