AC Milan want to avoid a repeat of the renewal sagas they are currently experiencing by resolving Franck Kessie’s future sooner rather than later.
Paolo Maldini confirmed before the win against Benevento on Saturday night that renewals are now frozen until the end of the season so the team can fully focus on getting a top four spot rather than getting bogged down by the media frenzy.
As Calciomercato.com reports, Franck Kessie remains the soul of Milan even in a phase of the season in which the Rossoneri has suffered a clear decline. After a tough outing against Lazio, the Ivorian responded against Benevento as he was first in ground covered (11.303km) key passes made (3) and for balls recovered (9).
Milan are waiting to know whether or not a long-awaited Champions League return is on the cards, but they not want to be caught unprepared when the negotiation to extend the contract of Kessie arrives. To date, there remains a certain distance between the requests of the player and the offer, born from the interest shown in the past months from Premier League and LaLiga clubs.
Milan have set a ceiling of €3m plus bonuses for the salaries, yet Gazidis and Maldini – currently struggling with the intricate situations of Donnarumma and Calhanoglu – cannot afford strategic errors or hesitations.