Chelsea are monitoring AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie who has entered the final 18 months of his contract at San Siro, according to SportMediaSet.

The 24-year-old has missed out on just one out of 26 games Serie A games Milan have played this season and started in 24 of those matches.

It is clear how important he is for Milan who are in the Serie A title race this season.

With his contract ending in summer 2022, however, Kessie has attracted interests from several top clubs, particularly Chelsea and Real Madrid, according to SportMediaSet.

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The report claims Chelsea and Real Madrid have the financial resources to offer the Ivorian midfielder a “rich contract”, along with attractive footballing projects.

Obviously, Milan would like to keep their valuable asset and could start a discussion over a new contract.

But they also have a few players whose contracts expire at the end of the season, such as Gianluigi Donnarumma, Hakan Calhanoglu and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who they may focus on first.

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel previously said that N’Golo Kante is strongest in a “double-six” or a double pivot — and Kessie could be an interesting potential partner for the France international.

Kessie flourishes in a double-pivot in Stefano Pioli’s 4-2-3-1 structure this season.

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Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic have performed really well in Tuchel’s 3-4-3 system recently, but Tuchel may have a new plan for the upcoming season after he is able to reshape the squad in the transfer market.

Switching to a back-four system could be an option, which will allow Tuchel to field more attackers from the plethora of options he has at his disposal.

He might need a solid defensive midfielder in a back-four — and Kessie is exactly that.

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