AC Milan are holding ‘continuous’ talks with midfielder Franck Kessie and his agent George Atangana in an attempt to keep the player out of the hands of Liverpool and Manchester United.

That’s according to Tuttosport, relayed by Il Milanista, who say that it is ‘not a mystery’ that the Premier League duo want the Ivorian.

Kessie has established himself as a star since joining Milan, and they are keen to keep him at the club for as long as possible.

However, his contract is due to expire next summer, and so far, there has been no progress in talks about an extension.

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That’s because he is currently demanding €6.5m/7m a year from the Italian club, a figure that they don’t seem ‘willing to give’ at this moment in time.

Indeed, they are expecting the midfielder to move somewhat in his stance and lower his demands so that they can get a deal signed.

That’s yet to happen, though, so rumours about his future are continuing to swirl as he will be free to talk to clubs come January.

Numerous clubs around Europe have already been linked with a move, particularly in the Premier League, where the entire top six seems to be keeping an eye on the situation.

Earlier this month, it was stated Liverpool had ‘set their sights’ on a move in the January transfer window, while there were several reports throughout the summer before that making their interest clear.

Manchester United are yet to be seriously linked; indeed, the only time they’ve been mentioned was when Antonio Cassano suggested a move would make sense in March this year.

It seems that has now changed, though, with Tuttosport reporting that it is ‘not a mystery’ that the player has ‘entered the thoughts’ at both Liverpool and Manchester United.

This is obviously causing fear at Milan, who have already lived through a summer in which Hakan Calhanoglu and Gianluigi Donnarumma left on free transfers and don’t want to see it repeated.

They have been left ‘astonished’ by the situation as their feeling is they have offered the player a ‘more than satisfactory’ deal.

He and his entourage disagree, though, and that is seemingly pushing him closer to the likes of Liverpool, United and even PSG.