In the modern world of football, the transfer season lasts year-round. While the literal transfers of players take place in the summer and winter windows, rumors, speculation and even concrete agreements can happen any time.
The latest reports in England suggest that Paris Saint-Germain have made initial contact with AC Milan for Franck Kessie.
The 24-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
AC Milan spent 24 million euros to sign the Ivory Coast international from Atalanta in the summer of 2019. The 24-year-old has only one year left on his current contract which expires in 2022.
In 184 appearances for Milan, Kessie has managed to score 30 goals, and create 15 goals for his teammates.
The 24-year-old is considered to be one of the best midfielders in Ivory Coast. Kessie has also left his mark at the international stage after netting 3 goals in 44 senior appearances for the Ivory Coast national team.
His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including PSG.
Mauricio Pochettino needs to tighten up his midfield and a central midfielder would be a welcome addition. He is a known admirer of the player and is reportedly keen on the idea of bringing him this winter.
Franck Kessie is a skilled midfielder who can make a difference at both ends of the pitch. His arrival would give Paris Saint-Germain some much needed tactical flexibility.
According to the report, “Paris Saint-Germain have made contact with Franck Kessie and AC Milan over a transfer for the midfielder. Kessie is in the final year of his contract with Milan and has shown a reluctance to renew at present. It could lead to an opportunity in the market for several clubs. According to French source Foot Mercato, Paris have initiated contact with both Kessie and his club. First, they have been working on convincing the player himself – and his agent. On offer is a contract worth €9m per season, which is higher than Milan’s most recent renewal offer of €6.8m per annum. Then, they have been discussing a potential deal with his current club. The idea of a transfer materialising in January cannot be ruled out, despite the prospect of them securing a pre-contract agreement with Kessie and signing him for free in the summer. Milan lost Gianluigi Donnarumma (also to PSG) and Hakan Calhanoglu (to rivals Inter) as free agents this summer, so would prefer to receive some windfall if they are to lose Kessie. There has been a conversation between Leonardo and Paolo Maldini – who represent PSG and Milan respectively, but used to work together for the latter, as players and directors – over Kessie’s potential January transfer. Where the situation progresses from here remains to be seen.”
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If PSG can agree on a fee with Milan, the deal should be easy to complete.
The Italian giants are preparing to sell their midfielder should they receive right offer for him.
Good signing for Paris Saint-Germain?
The Ligue 1 side must look to bring in a better midfielder and Franck Kessie could be a good option for them.
Signing the 24-year-old in the winter transfer window would be a masterstroke from Pochettino.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in PSG.
Paris Saint-Germain fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.
It will be interesting to see if PSG can beat their rivals to the midfielder’s signature.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.