CorSport: Why Kessie’s €30m move to Wolves collapsed on deadline day

By Oliver Fisher -

Franck Kessie proposed move to Wolves collapsed due to disagreements over personal terms, according to a report.

Despite the Ivorian having not yet played a game in preseason due to African Cup of Nations commitments, it has been claimed that he is deemed sellable by the Milan board.

Speculation surrounding Kessie has been rife this summer already due to doubts over his ability to adapt to Marco Giampaolo’s 4-3-1-2 system.

It has previously been reported that the new head coach will have the final say on the Ivorian’s future, with a ‘rich offer’ from China already having arrived.

Arsenal, Spurs and Wolves have all been linked with possible moves for Kessie, with the latter in particular being strongly linked, however the window slammed shut at 5pm GMT on Thursday with the player still at Milan.

SportItalia’sAlfredo Pedulla, claimed on that a bid of €25million plus €3m in add-ons had been accepted by the Rossoneri, while Daniele Longo believed that figure to be €30m.

Il Corriere dello Sport have now offered some updates on exactly why the move fell through, claiming that Kessie was not satisfied with the €2.6m-a-year salary offer on the table.

It is believed that the 22-year-old had laid out demands of €4m-a-year, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were not interested in going so high.

Kessie could make his debut under Giampaolo next week against Cesena, as he was not named in the 24-man squad travelling to Kosovo for Saturday’s friendly.

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