GdS: Milan optimistic about renewal of star midfielder after initial talks amid Arsenal interest

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are optimistic that they will find an agreement with Franck Kessie over the renewal of his contract, according to a report.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanLive) writes that the first negotiations between Milan and Kessie’s entourage for his renewal have begun, with some figures floated. The Rossoneri management are willing to pay €4m net per season which would be a substantial pay rise, but the Ivorian’s agent George Atangana asks for €5m plus bonuses which would take it closer to €6m.

The situation seems to be less serious than those concerning Donnarumma and Calhanoglu, who are set to leave the club for free, but there is no shortage of suitors interested in Kessie. Nonetheless, Milan appear optimistic about reaching an agreement.

It must be remembered too that with Donnarumma and Calhanoglu now gone, the Rossoneri have €8.5m net off the books which could be reinvested in part to raise the salary of those who most deserve it. La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) recently reported that Arsenal are among the teams interested.

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  1. I’m sure he can get 4M + bonuses based on goal contribution and CL qualification again, if he can score a bunch of goals (excluding penalties) he deserves more money.

    1. He’s not a striker…he’s a midfield destroyer like Gattuso was….so goals aren’t his bread and butter….he carried the team on his back and prevented us from being embarrassed many times.. especially in the Manchester United matches

      1. He is not a DM, are you special? He is a 100% box to box midfielder. Bonuses are used as an incentive to get more out of a player, geniuses. He can score goals and he has been scoring them for years, do you have eyes? 😀

      2. 41 goals in his career, 29 since coming to Milan and you are talking he is a midfield destroyer like Gattuso and a DM. He is both that and a player that drives forward and gets into the box. You can’t discuss with people that talk complete nonsense, no point. Have a good day. 😀

  2. Arsenal will glad.y pay him 8-10M a season. We will lose him if we don’t pay up. 6M is a bargain. Fkn Juve pays Ramsey and Rabiot 7-8M each and they cannot compare to Kessie. At some point we must decide what kind of club we are. This wage policy threshold of 4M is ridiculous in today’s game and certain exec must be made. We made an exception with Ibra who earns 7M a season – we should do so with Kessie as well. Pay the man his $$ or we will lose him like Gigo and Hakan for nothing. What a shame we have become. We are like beggars. What stars will want to come play for us if we cannot pay them like stars??? We cannot even afford to redeem Tonali, sign a you g kid like Adil? This is embarrassing. Theo, Bennacer are also due raises. If we don’t pay them a team like PSG certainly will. Wake up Elliot you cheap bastards. Now we need to sign a starting ACM, striker, RW, and 2 backup mids (we don’t have Tonali) back up LB & RB and perhaps a CB (air we sell Roma). Where is all this $ coming from? Do we think Elliott will all of a sudden spend 100-150M on new players?? Ya right. Elliot thinks a starting RW like Ikone is “excessive” for 20-25M. Excessive? If we cannot afford 20Mnon a seating player we are doomed. Looks like Loans and players nobody really wants is what we are in for….so sad.

    1. Check out the financial state of Juventus, they are doing amazing. Also, tell me, where did they finish in Serie A this year? Which position with 2.5 times bigger wage bill and a huge debt they now have? And Atalanta with half of Milan’s wage bill?

      Milan is obviously trying to get players on loan with option to buy to spread that cost over more seasons and get a good team in now, doesn’t it sound logical for a club that has no money as it wasn’t in the CL for almost 10 years? 😀

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