Chelsea are willing to pay AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie €8m a year to make the move to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer next summer.

That’s according to Sport Media set journalist Claudio Raimondi, cited by, who says there is a battle for the Ivorian’s signature.

Kessie has established himself as a star since joining Milan from Atalanta in 2017, going on to become a key player under successive managers.

His performances have not gone unnoticed around Europe, particularly as his contract is set to expire in June next year.

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That’s led to reports that several sides are keeping a close eye on the situation and are willing to offer the midfielder a vast increase in wages to move on a free transfer next summer.

Chelsea are among them, according to Raimondi, who says they are currently offering him €8m a year to move to Stamford Bridge.

That would be a significant increase on the €2.2m he is currently earning in Milan and also trumps the latest proposal from Maldini and co for him to renew, which is €6.5m a year.

The Blues are not the only club interested, with PSG also one of those to have sent ‘sensational offers’ to the player. Their deal is said to be worth around €10m plus bonuses.

Thus, Kessie’s time in Milan is ‘increasingly in the balance’, with him naturally tempted by what’s been put on the table ahead of his contract expiring.

Chelsea, it seems, are keen to splash the cash to get their man, so they’ll be worth keeping an eye on in the coming months.