Everton target Franck Kessie will not be sold by AC Milan this summer.
During the initial stages of the lockdown, news surfaced across news media outlets that AC Milan might consider selling Franck Kessie in the upcoming transfer window as they are set to battle the likes of Inter and Napoli for Brescia starlet Sandro Tonali.
Newcastle United and Everton were deemed as potential suitors. The Toffees was a more practical option for Kessie but now a move looks far off. The Rossoneri are now not looking to sell the midfielder and are very happy with his progress.
According to MilanLive.It (via Inside Futbol), AC Milan have decided not to sell the Ivory Coast midfielder. Since the restart, Franck Kessie has been splendid in the middle of the park, operating as a true midfield general. In fact, he also scored in Milan’s monumental 4-2 victory against League leaders Juventus.
The twist has come out of the blue as a week ago the Serie A giants were keen to offload him. However, with the rumours of Ismael Bennacer wanting a move away may have affected Milan’s transfer plans. The club who is keen to return to the highs of Europe cannot afford to let go of their two extremely talented midfielders.
Everton, who themselves are lingering in the mid-table are eager to set a charge for European places next term and improving the midfield will be a major task to achieve the ultimate goal. Manager Carlo Ancelotti has observed the Ivorian closely from his time as Napoli manager in Italy and he was thrilled by Kessie.
He could have potentially been the midfield enforcer Everton have been lacking this season. Tom Davies and Andre Gomes aren’t suited for that role, they are more of creators. Jean-Philippe Gbamin is the only such midfielder in the team but spends his time on sidelines with Achilles injury.
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In such a situation, Everton must prioritize signing a midfielder with the skill sets of Idrissa Gueye and Kessie would have been the perfect man for the job. But this major transfer twist has shattered Toffees’ hopes of landing the 23 year old.
For the time being, Milan is playing a very safe hand, ruling out a move for Kessie. If they manage to win the race for the signature of Tonali and persuade Bennacer to stay at San Siro, Franck Kessie might be moved back to the transfer list.
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