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Franck Kessie’s agent George Atangana said the AC Milan midfielder “deserves an important contract” amid intense transfer speculation around the Ivorian’s future. The clinical box-to-box star established himself as one of the most exciting midfielders on the planet last season, with 14 goals and six assists for Milan.
His performances at the San Siro captured the attention of some of the biggest clubs in Europe; with the 24-year-old star recently being linked with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United.
However, he could become the most sought-after free agent next summer when his contract at Stefano Pioli’s side expires.
Representatives at the Rossoneri including technical director and former Milan captain Paolo Maldini, are trying to negotiate a new deal for their prized midfielder star.
Amid the speculation and the negotiations, Kessie’s agent Atangana has added fuel to the fire; suggesting the rumoured figures Milan had supposedly offered the midfielder for a new contract are far from reality.
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“He’s an important player so he deserves an important contract,” Atangana said to Fabrizio Romano.
“There are too many rumours about his renewal.
“Talks of a proposal for €6.5m net per season from AC Milan? The real figures are very far from these.”
The Rossoneri have already made clear their desire to hold on to Kessie to help them return to the top of the European football table.
Towards the end of September, Milan chairman Paulo Scaroni talked about Kessie’s contract situation, reinforcing his own desire to keep the Ivory Coast star at the San Siro.
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“We all saw Kessie very busy, I hope he can stay at Milan for a long time,” he said.
“Maldini and Frederic Massara (AC Milan director of football are working on it. I maintain a cautious optimism.”
Reports from the Sun in late September claimed Manchester United had also expressed a firm interest in signing Kessie on a free transfer.
With the likes of Fred, Nemanja Matic, and Donny van de Beek struggling at Old Trafford, a new midfielder at Old Trafford has regularly been touted as the key to unlock their title challenges.
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While United’s need for a midfielder is well documented, Liverpool reportedly feel they are short in the midfield area themselves after Georginio Wijnaldum’s departure last season.
James Milner’s contract at Anfield is also set to expire next season; reducing their midfield options even more than they were before.
And amid Harvey Elliott’s horrible ankle injury, suffered in the 3-0 away victory to Leeds United at Elland Road, there were even reports Jurgen Klopp’s side were even prepared to move for Kessie in January.
According to Larazon, there were suggestions the Reds were even prepared to sweeten the deal by offering classy midfielder Thiago Alcantara in exchange.
The Spanish midfielder arrived from Bayern Munich in August 2020; fresh off the back of a treble winning campaign with the Bavarians.
It appeared to be a master stroke signing by Klopp which added variation, precision, and intelligence to his midfield area.
Unfortunately, his adaptation to the Premier League has been blighted by injuries and poor form. He was once again confined to the side-lines after suffering a calf injury in Liverpool’s 3-0 win against Crystal Palace.
It is believed he could be ready to return to the side after the international break.
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