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Reported Man Utd transfer target rejects new contract, 24yo out of contract next summer: report

Man United are on alert, as Franck Kessie has rejected a new contract offer from AC Milan…

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer filled many holes within the Manchester United playing squad this summer. That’s despite the fact all the parts probably aren’t working exactly as we planned right now.

The Baby Faced Assassin deserves credit for the squad he’s built, though it’s a fair question to ask whether he’s taken us as far as he can.

One gap that still remains is midfield, particularly with Paul Pogba out injured in the long-term. Back in October, we covered a story that suggested United were interested in signing AC Milan midfielder, Franck Kessie.

Well, his contract standoff with the Milan outfit continues. The 24-year-old has rejected the latest new contract offer from his current club – as we edge closer to his expiry next summer, meaning he’d be available for free.

Check out what Di Marzio had to say in full here:

“We are at a difficult point,” Di Marzio told Italian media. “The more time passes, the more complicated it becomes to find an agreement. The gap is important.

“Milan has come to offer six million, six and a half million, with the bonuses even exceeding them.

The request is higher, the request is close to 9 million. A very high request. If the request is not lowered. of the player at these figures, it becomes difficult to find an agreement.”

It seems pretty clear that Kessie either wants a massive payrise, or he’ll be walking away from the Serie A side next summer.

Kessie would definitely be an upgrade on what we have in midfield, while signing someone on a free transfer means they’ll be plenty of money left in the bank to make moves in other areas.

You also have to think about the fact that United will be a man light in midfield next summer. Don’t forget that Paul Pogba is also in a contract standoff, right now, it looks like he’ll also be walking away for nothing.

In normal circumstances, I’d be looking at making a move for Kessie in January, in some sort of cut-price deal. However, if Solskjaer is still the manager at that time, I’d probably say it’d be wise to avoid that temptation – as you’re unsure as to whether any potential new manager has plans to utilise Kessie.

This is a really tricky situation for United to navigate, though if results pick up between now and Christmas, perhaps a mid-season move for Kessie could be an astute piece of business.

Would Franck Kessie be a good signing? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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