Manchester United are ready to accelerate their interest in AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie should Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek leave the club.
That’s according to Tuttomercatoweb, who say there is ‘pressure’ on Milan from the big clubs as they seek to get Kessie signed to a new deal.
The midfielder is a key player for Stefano Pioli’s side, but his contract is set to expire next summer, and there has been no progress on a new deal.
That’s alerted most of Europe, with several big clubs all more than happy to offer Kessie the wages he wants to take him away from Italy.
TMW say there is currently a €2m difference in what Milan are offering from what Kessie is looking for, with an agreement currently far away despite months of efforts and negotiations.
Milan have offered €6.5m per season, including bonuses, which is an important figure for a side compared to the other salaries in the squad and their wage cap.
Kessie is adamant that he wants €8m per year or there will be no deal, though, and so time is running out to get him to sign.
A further complication is the interest of ‘foreign’ clubs like Manchester United, who are ‘serious’ about making a move.
Indeed, it’s stated that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ‘could accelerate’ their interest in the midfielder, particularly if Pogba and Van de Beek were to leave.
The former is also out of contract next summer and similarly resisting efforts for a renewal, while the Dutchman has grown tired of not playing at Old Trafford and is likely to seek a move come January.
Were both to leave, it would leave Manchester United with a hole to fill, and Kessie is seemingly at the top of their list.