AC Milan signed Franck Kessie from Atalanta in 2017 and the midfielder had 37 league appearances to his name last season, scoring five goals and registering three assists in the process.

The Ivory Coast international’s form for the Serie A club receive several offers, according to Calciomercato.

Atletico Madrid and Everton ‘tested the ground’ to see if they could secure his services, while Wolverhampton Wanderers went a step ahead and made a bid for him.

Nuno Espírito Santo’s side tabled an offer of €40m plus €20m in bonuses for the 21-year-old, which was not entertained either by the Rossoneri or the player.

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Elliot Management Corporation took control of the Italian club in July and Kessie remains a key part of their new project at San Siro.

In addition to this, Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso views the African midfielder as a ‘vital’ player, if his side have to make progress in the domestic and European competitions.

Wolves were in the market for some new midfielders this summer, eventually signing Joao Moutinho from AS Monaco and Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht on loan (with obligation to buy).