Report: Chelsea could negotiate free-transfer pre-contract with 24-year-old in January
Chelsea are among clubs alerted by Franck Kessie’s turning down a new contract offer from AC Milan, according to Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The 24-year-old is in the final year of his contract at San Siro and, La Gazetta dello Sport now claims that the midfielder has turned down Milan’s recent offer worth €6.5million (£5.6m)-a-year.
It remains unclear whether Milan will raise their offer, but the report added Milan are resigned to losing the midfielder this January or on a free transfer next summer.
Chelsea, alongside Tottenham Hotspur, are reportedly among clubs monitoring the situation.
Any interested party can legally negotiate a pre-contract agreement with the Ivory Coast international in January before signing him as a free agent next summer.
Alternatively, if they cannot wait, they might be able to sign the midfielder for a likely low transfer fee in January.
Chelsea were indeed in the market for a new midfielder in the summer transfer window, but they just signed Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan deal.
Therefore, it seems unlikely that they would try to sign Kessie in January. A free transfer deal for next summer, however, is an entirely different case.
The Blues reportedly have an option to sign Saul permanently at £30m (Sky Sports) — which might prove a bargain at the end of the season. But if they decide against activating the clause, Kessie on a free transfer seems to be a very good alternative.