Liverpool and Tottenham could miss out on Franck Kessie because of PSG transfer policy

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Liverpool and Tottenham could be forced to do battle with Paris Saint-Germain for the signature of AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie in the January transfer window, according to reports. The 24-year-old will be out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to agree fresh terms with the San Siro giants.

Kessie has played an important role for Milan since joining the club from Atalanta on an initial two-year loan deal back in 2017.

The switch was made permanent in 2019 for a fee of £21.6million, with the Ivorian playmaker going on to establish himself as a regular starter for the 18-time Italian champions.

However, his contract situation could eventually spark a change of scenery by the time next season rolls around.

Kessie will be able to negotiate a free transfer to a foreign club from January, with Liverpool and Spurs believed to be keeping tabs on his progress in Milan.

PSG have also been credited with a desire to land the midfielder in line with their newly-established transfer policy, according to Mundo Deportivo.

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The French heavyweights have channelled their resources into signing high-profile free agents in recent months, with the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma and Lionel Messi joining the club over the summer.

The report claims that Kessie has been identified as a prime candidate to become their newest recruit, while Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is still on their radar.

However, Barcelona have also been mentioned in connection with Kessie and it remains to be seen whether he will choose to join the Catalan giants over PSG, Liverpool or Tottenham.

Meanwhile, he could still decide to snub a move elsewhere in order to extend his stay with Milan.

Kessie suggested last month that a new deal would be his preferred outcome, with the former Atalanta man insisting that he would be prepared to commit to the Italian giants for the rest of his life.

“I’m proud to have chosen this club and it is not my intention to leave,” Kessie told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“In fact, I want to stay forever. I really like it when the Ultras sing: ‘The president, there is only one president…’. Here, I want to be for life, at least the football life.

“Now I am here in Tokyo to get something important with my country, but as soon as the Olympics is over I return to Milan and we fix everything. There will be no problems.”

Milan icon Massimo Ambrosini recently urged the club to keep hold of Kessie at all costs, highlighting his impressive leadership qualities and suggesting that he would be extremely difficult to replace.

“A player has to compromise to marry a project,” Ambrosini told DAZN last week.

“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.”

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