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.
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.
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.
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.