Massimo Ambrosini has told DAZN, via Calciomercato, AC Milan would struggle to replace Franck Kessie amid interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in the midfielder.
Kessie is in the final year of his contract and Rossoneri executives are yet to overcome an impasse in negotiations. Milan have improved their offer from €4m-a-year (£66k-a/w) to a net €6.5m-a/y (£107k-a/w), per Gazzetta dello Sport. But the San Siro outfit remain shy of his €8m-a/y (£131k-a/w) demands, which Paris Saint-German would be willing to pay.
Liverpool and Tottenham are paying close attention to how negotiations between Milan and Kessie’s agent, George Atangana, unfold. Il Milanista note the Reds are even considering holding talks with the Rossoneri when they meet in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Milan are reluctant to lose Kessie for free next year, so would entertain a swap deal with Liverpool including Thiago. Tottenham are also willing to consider part-exchanging players to sign the Ivorian in January, with Calciomercato.it citing Tanguy Ndombele as an option.
Ambrosini, though, hopes Milan and Kessie can find a compromise to agree a new contract, rather than cave to interest from Liverpool, Tottenham or PSG in the 24-year-old.
“A player has to compromise to marry a project,” AC Milan icon Ambrosini said. “I don’t know what it should be. I advise him to continue playing here, as a leader. He is not far from [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic for consideration.
“He is hardly replaceable in terms of leadership. Over time, he has acquired charisma. You can aspire to something important on an economic level, but it is also true that this club that faces the Champions League has less charm than a few.”
Should Liverpool or Tottenham sign Kessie from Milan in January?
If Kessie continues to refuse new contracts, Milan will have to consider selling the Liverpool and Tottenham target in January. The Rossoneri have just lost two key players for free this summer after Hakan Calhanoglu and Gianluigi Donnarumma’s contracts expired.
Kessie will hold a notable value for Milan in the winter market, but his contract will dictate any fee. He made his campaign debut on Sunday as AC beat Lazio 2-0. The 44-cap dynamo played an hour, after missing wins over Sampdoria and Cagliari with a flexor injury.
The 24-year-old was unable to open his account against Lazio after striking the bar with a penalty he won. Kessie scored 13 and offered six assists in the Serie A last season, with 11 struck from the spot. Including a penalty kick brace to beat Atalanta 2-0 in May.