Reported Arsenal and Newcastle United target Franck Kessie could be put up for sale by AC Milan to bolster their transfer coffers, according to Milan News.
Teamtalk reported earlier this month that the Gunners were interested in the 23-year-old, along with Wolves, and that the Magpies had also joined the race for the £25million-rated man.
Kessie moved to the San Siro in 2017 from Atalanta and has established himself as a regular for the Rossoneri.
This season, the box-to-box midfielder has started 21 of Milan’s 26 Serie A games, and has been one of their brighter players amid continued poor form which has left them seventh in the league.
The Italian outlet notes how the Rossoneri have rekindled their interest in Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira, and to free up funds for new incomings, players who haven’t “fully convinced” could be sold.
Kessie is believed to be one of those players, along with attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta.
Arsenal were linked with a straight swap deal involving Kessie and Torreira just a few weeks ago, which plenty of Gunners fans found a great idea, but this latest report suggests the Ivory Coast international could instead be sold to the highest bidder.
With Newcastle and Wolves – one club on the verge of a lucrative takeover and the other already the beneficiary of a lucrative takeover – also said to be keen on Kessie’s services, Milan will surely hope to start a bidding war.
While Kessie doesn’t seem particularly intent on leaving Milan, Torreira’s agent recently reiterated that his client would love a return to Italy, so this could perhaps strengthen the Rossoneri’s hand in any future negotiations.
Despite Kessie’s seemingly uncertain position at Milan, he has been earning plaudits for a while now – former Rossoneri boss Vincenzo Montella described him to Goal.com in September 2017 as “an extraordinary player, a sublime intelligence”.
Gennaro Gattuso – another former Milan boss and also a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006 – is quoted by Forza Italian Football as saying in January 2018: “Kessie is clearly stronger than me when I was a player, he has seven or eight goals per season in him.”