Franck Kessié is a target for Milan and talks will continue after the Rossoneri’s match with Atalanta in Bergamo later.
Atalanta are having a standout season and are in direct competition with Milan for a spot in the Europa League, and naturally many clubs have shown interest in their players – including the Rossoneri.
Mattia Caldara has already signed for Juventus, and Roberto Gagliardini joined Inter in January, and now Milan are trying to get their hands on Franck Kessié.
As reported by Milannews.it, Sky, La Gazzetta dello Sport and others, yesterday there was a 3.5-hour meeting between Marco Fassone & Massimiliano Mirabelli, with Atalanta President Antonio Percassi and his son Luca in their Milano offices.
In the meeting, they talked of Kessié, 20, and opened the negotiations, which according to Milannews.it, will continue after the match between Milan and Atalanta on May 13. There is competition from Roma, however, who already agreed a €28m deal for him in January; a deal that didn’t materialize due to Gagliardini’s Nerrazzuri move.
il Corriere della Sera suggests that while Roma remain in the lead for the player, Kessié seems to be leaning towards Milan, who are apparently willing to offer him a five-year contract worth €1.8-2 million per season. The Giallorossi won’t give up on him and are expected to meet Atalanta today.
Gianluca Di Marzio wrote on his website that in addition to Kessié, the future of Andrea Petagna was also discussed as Milan have a 50% share of his sale if he goes in this summer and 30% share if Atalanta sell him next season. The striker of course grew up in the Diavolo’s youth sector.
According to Sky, Sassuolo’s Alfred Duncan is also viewed as an option. Fassone and Mirabelli are working on the market and after reportedly securing Musacchio, they’re searching for a midfielder.