Liverpool keen on £49.5m Milan ace amid contract impasse

Date published: Thursday 22nd July 2021 9:35 - Will Ford

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Liverpool are monitoring the contract impasse between Franck Kessie and AC Milan this summer, ahead of a potential move for the midfielder.

Kessie is entering the final year of his contract with the Rossoneri and Gazzetta Dello Sport claim Liverpool could take advantage of the situation.

The report states that Kessie’s agent is set to meet with the Milan bosses next week and the two parties will try and reach an agreement over a new deal after the Ivorian returns from the Olympic Games.

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But it’s also noted that Premier League clubs are circling, with Liverpool the team mentioned in the report.

Jurgen Klopp is keen to bolster his midfield after Georginio Wijnaldum left for Paris Saint-Germain for free this summer.

A number of players have been linked, including Youri Tielemans and Renato Sanches, but Kessie could represent a cheaper option.

He’s valued by Transfermarkt at £49.5million, but given his contract situation, Liverpool may feel they can land him for significantly less than that fee.

Milan remain confident of keeping the 24-year-old at the club, but the report claims the Reds could approach the Serie A side should talks continue to stall.

Meanwhile, Klopp has praised Harvey Elliott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for their performances in new positions for Liverpool on Tuesday.

The Reds played two 30-minute friendlies on the same day and drew both matches 1-1 against Stuttgart and Wacker Innsbruck.

Oxlade-Chamberlain – who has been plagued with injury issues since joining Liverpool – played in a false-nine role, while Harvey Elliott was delpoyed in a central midfield role.

And Klopp was full of praise for the way the duo adapted to their new roles in the team and was also impressed by new boy Ibrahima Konate.

“I don’t think Harvey had ever played that position for us, but he looked good,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website. “Ox you could see in the first few minutes immediately that it is an option, definitely. We will see how that goes on.

“Ibou [Konate] did really well and that’s what we expected, he looks really good in training.

“First game with all the young boys, they have really showed up in training but it is different than when you play a first-team with all the kids together in the team. It is tough, but no problem – life is tough and we have to give them the opportunity to get tested in these kinds of games. We do that and now we carry on.”

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