Liverpool are considering a move for AC Milan’s Franck Kessie as the club continue their search for midfield reinforcements, according to reports in Italy.
Kessie has emerged as a potential transfer target with the Ivory Coast international having entered the final year of his contract in Milan, with Liverpool showing interest as the Reds seek a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum.
Wijnaldum’s departure to PSG on a free transfer has left a sizeable void in the Liverpool midfield and Kessie – who is attracting interest from across Europe – could be the player to replace the Dutchman.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, discussions over a new contract for Kessie at the San Siro have stalled, with a significant disparity between the wages offered (€4m) and the demands from the player’s representatives (€6m).
The midfielder has previously expressed his desire to play in the Premier League, citing Man Utd and Chelsea as potential destinations of interest if he were to ever come to these shores.
However, the 24-year-old remains content in Milan and the club are keen to secure his future, though a lack of progress over contract talks could allow Liverpool – or any other of the admirers in the Premier League – to make their move, though the report doesn’t mention any potential valuation of the midfielder.
Kessie is currently with the Ivory Coast squad at the Olympic Games in Toyko and scored the winning goal as the African nation beat Saudi Araba 2-1 in their opening fixture.