MN: Kessie remains vital to Pioli’s tactical plans as Barcelona speculation intensifies

By Oliver Fisher -

The hysteria surrounding Franck Kessie’s future has been constant over the last few months, and AC Milan have found themselves in a strange paradox.

MilanNews reports that Kessie is back at 100% having returned from the African Cup of Nations earlier in the week and he will be a starter in the huge game between Milan and their city rivals Inter. In the first training session back with his team-mates, he apparently ‘amazed everyone with a frightening physical and athletic engine’ which has convinced Pioli to rely on him again.

The Milan boss is thinking of fielding Kessie in the position of attacking midfielder because he would guarantee an ‘obsessive’ cover on Marcelo Brozovic who is pivotal in Inter’s build-up play, and would give a physicality to the Rossoneri’s attacks too.

However, as the news about his good performances in training continue, speculation continue to circulate about his future. It now seems certain that Kessie will not renew his contract with Milan due to the high demands of his entourage from the Rossoneri management, who will not go beyond a certain limit.

Several European clubs are monitoring the Ivorian and among them are Barcelona. While Kessie remains vital to Milan and to Pioli, the management will not give him what he wants and therefore he seems destined to depart on a free in five months.

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  1. 5.8m with bonuses was our final offer…we at least should offer more in bonuses, at least 1.5m not 0.8m.

    Kessie can cover DM and if he proves he can be a CAM too then theres no reason why we should not push again to keep him

    1. Given how the club has been cutting costs, that’s a good deal. He’s not a CAM, by the way. We tried him there once and it worked, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be consistent and at ease there. Bennacer is the player who should be given a chance there.

      1. Benacer doesn’t really have physicality needed to break opponent MF flow. But he could try to be CAM if we have enough DM to fill the spot.

    2. Honestly he doesn’t deserve more than Theo will get in his new contract. Theo being one of the best, if not the best, in the world in his position, while Kessie… I’m not even sure he is in top 10 or even 20.

      1. Not in top 20. There is no midfielder in top 20 that has under 1 precise long pass per match. His stats are purely old school DM, with the goal stats pumped up due to penalties. Modern DMs can pass and build up play way better.

  2. I’d say he is their backup target, Brozović is the main target for that position. You can’t compare them in terms of quality, that is why I don’t understand when someone says Kessie is world class or a top midfielder. He is at 6/7 out of 10.

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