Chelsea sent transfer blow as reported midfield target is close to a new contract, says club chief

Chelsea could miss out on another transfer objective as AC Milan work on renewing Franck Kessie’s current deal.

Speaking to DAZN (as transcribed by TuttoSport), Paolo Maldini explained that Milan wanted to hand Kessie a fresh contract.

The 24-year-old’s agreement runs out next June, with no shortage of suitors scrambling at the door for his exit.  

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According to Pianeta Milan, Chelsea will be one of those knocking at the San Siro entrance.


They have apparently identified the Ivorian as a potential replacement for N’Golo Kante.

Yet, their plans may have been scuppered after Maldini admitted Milan were trying to tie down Kessie for a little while longer.

“Kessie? He will be part of the future of Milan, we are working on his renewal,” said the club’s sporting director.

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Franck-ly very good

It’s no great surprise Chelsea have earmarked the midfielder as heir to Kante’s thrown.

Since signing for the Rossoneri in 2017, Kessie has gone on to make 184 appearances, scoring 30 times.

He played 50 games alone last season, netting 14 goals and providing six assists.

Any of his potential Premier League buyers were given a preview of his talents across the two-legged Europa League tie with Manchester United.

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His performance at Old Trafford was particularly impressive and was unfortunately denied a wonder strike after it was ruled out for handball.

Serie A was graced by Kessie’s calm and composure all campaign long.

It was his double on the final day of the term against Atlanta that helped Milan place second in the league, their best finish for nearly a decade.

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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.