Wolves would be making a mistake in pursuing Franck Kessie

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According to Sky Sports, Wolves could attempt to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie in January when the transfer window re-opens after failing with a bid on deadline day last month.

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The Premier League club tried to clinch the signing of the 22-year-old late on in the summer transfer window but were unable to push the deal over the line in time.

Kessie has been at AC Milan since 2017, where he joined on a two-year loan from Atalanta, which included an obligation to buy.

The defensive midfielder has featured twice in Serie A this season, starting their last game, a 1-0 victory against Brescia.

Reports suggest that the club would be open to offloading the Ivory Coast international, who they value at £25m, with Monaco also keen.

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Nuno Santo pursuing Kessie would be a mistake, especially after rumoured links to Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who is much more used to English conditions having played a total of 149 games in Yorkshire.

AC Milan are seemingly keen to cash in on Kessie due to their Financial Fair Play dealings, which should be a red flag to Wolves.

The Molineux outfit signed Patrick Cutrone from the same club for £16m earlier in the summer and he’s yet to make any major impact, as the Santo boss still favours his familiar strike partnership of Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez.

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The pair have both played a part in all ten matches this campaign whilst last season they played over 33 matches together in the Premier League.

Cutrone has started just two of a possible eight matches and is yet to even get on the scoresheet, per Transfermarkt.

A similar case is likely to follow if Kessie were to make the same switch from Milan to the west Midlands – Ruben Neves is certainly not going to lose his spot in the starting lineup anytime soon unless he’s sold, as he’s normally the first name on the teamsheet for Santo.

The Portuguese anchorman has started all four Premier League games this season and has made a total of 90 in the gold and black since joining the club in the summer of 2017.

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