Although Kessie himself might prefer a return to Italy, relations between the player and the Rossoneri hierarchy are somewhat soured given the manner of his initial exit.
This could provide the perfect opportunity for Unai Emery to sign a dream midfielder in January.
Boasting a bulky 6-foot frame but a fleet-footedness with the ball at his feet, he naturally could draw comparisons with former Tottenham Hotspur maestro Mousa Dembele.
The Belgian earned praise for how he glided across the pitch, quietly getting through untold amounts of work, whilst offering plenty in handling the transitions.
Whilst his all-around game certainly could be compared, what truly suggests that the 25-year-old could emulate Dembele is the comments made by former Milan striker Antonio Cassano.
On his vast qualities, he stated: “I want Kessie in my team, he scores, he assists, he has personality, he has quality, he doesn’t lose the ball, he is intelligent.”
These are all attributes boasted by his counterpart, and likely what led to his 91st-place ranking in The Guardian’s top 100 footballers.
Dembele truly was a special footballer, with Premier League fans often coming together to marvel at the stranglehold he would silently have over games.
Boasting all the physical assets to achieve similar feats, Kessie could star under Emery should he take the plunge to join Villa Park.