Liverpool are reportedly amongst a lengthy list of clubs monitoring the situation of AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie ahead of a potential move.
The highly-rated 24-year-old has entered the final year of his current contract at San Siro and has rejected the offer of a new deal from the club’s hierarchy.
It’s led to several of European football’s heavyweights enquiring about Kessie’s services in recent weeks, and 90min have provided an update on his situation, claiming the Reds are one of many Premier League sides taking a close interest in the ongoing developments.
The report states that: “90min can confirm that a number of Premier League clubs have asked Kessie’s representatives to keep them informed over his next move. It’s suggested that a move to England is high on the agenda as the player believes the league would be better suited to his style.
“Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton and Leicester are all being kept aware of the situation, and Kessie’s representatives are confident that a number of clubs will make pre-contract offers in January.”
News that Liverpool’s recruitment department are keeping a close eye on Kessie’s contractual situation will surely leave the club’s supporters buzzing.
The Ivory Coast international has established himself as one of Serie A’s top midfielders since joining Milan from Atalanta on an initial loan in 2017, making 190 appearances for the Rossoneri in all competitions.
After Gini Wijnaldum departed Anfield over the summer, Jurgen Klopp’s charges were heavily linked with several midfield targets, but no new arrival appeared.
It left the German tactician light on numbers in the engine room, a situation only made worse by the recent ankle dislocation suffered by teenage star Harvey Elliott.
The improved form of Naby Keita and Curtis Jones of late has eased the need for a new midfielder, although the opportunity to sign a top star for a significantly reduced price may be too good to turn down for the Reds.
It remains to be seen whether director of football Michael Edwards makes a move over the winter window, but Kessie’s arrival on Merseyside would certainly strengthen Liverpool’s quest for silverware this season.