Transfer News: Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United handed boost in Franck Kessie pursuit

AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has prioritised a move to Premier League amid interest from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.

According to 90 min, Premier League clubs have been given a massive boost in their pursuit of Franck Kessie. It appears the 24-year-old AC Milan midfielder has snubbed a recent contract extension offer from the Rossoneri, with his current deal at the Serie A club expiring at the end of the season.

Kessie will make a definitive decision on his future in January, but it is believed that the player favours a move to England. It has put a number of Premier League clubs on red alert with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool keen on his services while Tottenham Hotspur are even ready to offer an €8 million-a-year deal for the Ivorian.

During his time at AC Milan, Kessie has emerged as one of the best midfielders in Serie A, with the player particularly thriving under the leadership of Stefano Pioli. The 24-year-old has not only added another dimension to his midfield game but also become a more productive enforcer, who was notably involved in 19 league goals last term.

Kessi’s quality in midfield makes him an appealing target for a club like Liverpool as they require more offensive work rate from their midfielders. As such, the Reds had even inquired about the possibility of sanctioning a potential swap deal involving Kessie and Thiago Alcantara.

Kessie on Tottenham's radar (Photo courtesy: AFP/Getty)
Set for a switch to England? (Photo courtesy: AFP/Getty Images)

Chelsea, meanwhile, have no shortage of quality midfielders. But there has been slight doubts over the long-term future of Jorginho while N’Golo Kante is not getting any younger either. The club did bring in Saul Niguez on a loan deal in the summer, but Thomas Tuchel requires a more designated midfielder.

Kessie fits the bill perfectly due to aggression, work-ethic and technical quality in the middle of the park. It appeals to Manchester United as well, with the Red Devils lacking serious quality in their midfield department.

The AC Milan star, in that regard, could be an exciting market opportunity for them due to his contract situation at San Siro. It gives Manchester United the opportunity to sign another quality player on the cheap, having already brought in the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane in the summer.

However, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United clubs are all set to face stiff competition from other top teams across Europe in pursuit of Kessie, whose success and expiring contract make him one of the hottest prospects in the market right now.

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