With the contracts of both Franck Kessiè and Paul Pogba expiring in 2022, it was only a matter of time before Manchester United were brought into the mix for the signing of the Ivory Coast international.
After all, if his French counterpart were to leave on a free, the Red Devils would need a replacement, and who better to bring in someone for no transfer fee?
The English tabloids were the first to get there, and Gazzetta dello Sport’s article on the matter on Sunday does mention that.
That being said, the Italian newspaper then delves into it in more detail with their own information, saying that ‘from an economic point of view, the avenue is more than credible’.
This is because Pogba earns €14m/year at Manchester United, while Kessiè is only on €2.2m/year at Milan, asking for around €8m to renew his San Siro contract.
It’s then explained that some feel the Ivorian ‘could leave as early as January if an offer arrives’, but that would depend, at least from the Red Devils’ point of view, on whether they can convince their current star to stay or not.
Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool are also mentioned, but they are said to need to ‘resolve some internal issues’ before any moment is made.
Furthermore, with the signings of Yacine Adli, who was sent back to Bordeaux on loan for the season, and the ‘lease’ of Tiemoué Bakayoko, it appears Milan are ‘gearing up for the post-Kessiè’, as Gazzetta put it.
So, the idea that Manchester United are keen has made its way to Italy, and it’s something we’ll be keeping an eye on for you going forward.