Liverpool have narrowed their hunt down for Georginio Wijnaldum’s replacement in AC Milan’s midfield star, Franck Kessie.
Liverpool were keen on renewing terms with Georginio Wijnaldum and extending his stay at Anfield, however, the Dutchman preferred running down his contract and eventually signed for Paris Saint-Germain recently, bringing an end to his five-year spell in the Premier League.
Wijnaldum’s absence in midfield is certainly a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp. The 30-year-old was Klopp’s pressing machine in the engine room and his presence in the starting eleven was pivotal in guiding the Reds to success in recent years.
According to the Metro, the German manager has found an ideal target to replace Georginio Wijnaldum after shortlisting AC Milan’s Franck Kessie. The Ivorian international is about to enter the final year of his contract at San Siro and has not yet shown interest in renewing terms.
The former Atalanta midfielder has demanded an increase in his wages, however, Milan are only willing to provide four million euros along with a long-term contract. Kessie’s camp suggests that they have been demanding six million euros as wages and the disparity between the two parties has stalled renewal negotiations. With that being said, the Rossoneri prefer offloading the 24-year-old this summer itself for a discounted fee rather than losing him out on a free transfer next year.
Franck Kessie fits the bill as a replacement to Wijnaldum, he is an explosive box-to-box midfielder and his physical presence in the middle of the park can help provide Liverpool with stability during defensive transitions. Kessie is also excellent on the ball while progressing higher up making him a threat during counter-attacks. He scored 14 goals and provided six assists in all competitions last season for Stefano Pioli’s side.
The Ivorian international is currently valued at 55 million euros, however, AC Milan are looking to raise funds after parting ways with Gianluigi Donnarruma and Hakan Calhanoglu as free agents.