Despite having a healthy number of central-midfielders in their current squad including the likes of Naby Keita, Thiago Alcantara, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, it seems as though Liverpool have their eye on securing a new midfield star to add to their ranks in the near future.
It has been recently reported by Spanish media outlet El Nacional that Liverpool are weighing up a €25m bid (£21.1m) for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, who was once described as “devastating” by former Milan striker Antonio Cassano.
Milan originally signed Kessie on a loan deal from fellow Italian side Atalanta back in the 2017 summer transfer window before securing him on a permanent deal in the 2019 summer window.
Overall, the 24-year-old, who is currently valued at £49.5m according to Transfermarkt, has made a total of 191 appearances for the club in which he has managed to score 30 goals and provide 15 assists along the way.
So far this season, Kessie has played in all but two of Milan’s games across all competitions, including playing 90 minutes in the 3-2 defeat against Liverpool in the Champions League.
In terms of a potential move to Liverpool, we feel that Kessie could provide Jurgen Klopp with a suitable replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum who left the club on a free transfer in the summer.
Given how the midfielder has managed to rack up a passing accuracy percentage of 91.3% in Serie A so far this season, it shows striking similarities with the Reds’ former Dutchman who completed a percentage of 92.7% last season in the Premier League, a tally that was higher than any other Reds player.
A review from Vincenzo Montella, his former manager, also paints him with vibrancy. He once dubbed the Milan star “an extraordinary player” with “sublime intelligence.” That last passage certainly resembles Wijnaldum in some regard.
Considering the age of some of Liverpool’s midfield options such as Thiago (30), Milner (35) and Henderson (31), Kessie could well be a good long-term midfield option for the Reds, especially if they manage to sign him for the fee mentioned in the report.
However, with Kessie’s current contract at the Italian club set to expire at next summer, perhaps Liverpool could be better off potentially signing him on a free transfer then instead of having to pay a fee for him if he doesn’t sign a new deal at Milan.