'Serious Essien vibes': Some Chelsea fans drooled over 24-year-old's UEL display last night

Franck Kessie caught the eye of Chelsea supporters following his influential Europa League performance for AC Milan against Manchester United last night.

Kessie was in cruise control during Milan’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and had a stunning volley controversially chalked off for handball.

Chelsea fans may have been keeping an eye on the game to see how Fikayo Tomori is faring away from Stamford Bridge.

But they will have been intrigued by Kessie’s display, who is said to have attracted interest from the Blues as he enters the final 18 months of his Milan contract (SportMediaSet).

Here’s how some Chelsea fans reacted on social media to the midfielder’s smooth showing against United:

WAYNE ROONEY TO EVERTON IS A JOKE.

https://twitter.com/zorosapprentice/status/1370078942766501891?s=21

The 24-year-old glided through the game with ease and deserved to have his disallowed strike stand thanks to his excellent exhibition.

He is an influential figure within Stefano Pioli’s Milan side, having scored ten goals in 37 appearances across all competitions this season.

His deal with the Serie A giants ends in June 2022, which will surely prompt several of Europe’s elite to come knocking on Kessie’s door.

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Those interested parties reportedly include Chelsea, who already have major links with the Milan camp.

Alongside loaning Tomori to the Italian club, the Blues have held talks with highly rated keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma (The Transfer Window).

Like Kessie, Donnarumma’s contract is set to expire in the not-too-distant future and he won’t be short of interested suitors.

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I’ll admit last night was the first time I’ve seen Kessie play live. And I very much liked what I saw.

He effortlessly popped the ball around United’s midfielders and never needed to get out of second gear.

I believe he would be a fantastic addition to Chelsea’s squad, but I really don’t want to get ahead of myself too quickly.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.