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Rumour: Monaco have expressed an interest in Kessie

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Monaco has asked AC Milan about the availability of Kessie.

According to Football-Italia.net, Monaco has opened talks with AC Milan, with a view to signing Franck Kessie on a permanent transfer.

The 22-year-old Ivory Coast international, only signed a permanent contract with Milan this summer.

He had been on loan for the last two years at Milan from Atalanta.

The Rossoneri paid Atalanta 8 million Euros loan fee back in 2017 when he first arrived at the San Siro.

The contract had an obligation to buy clause, which saw Milan pay a further 24 million Euros.

The player who has been away from the club for an extended break this summer after international duty in the African Cup of Nations.

After missing most of the pre-season, he has been playing catch up in terms of fitness and understanding of new coach Marco Giampaulo’s system.

The player himself has admittedly found it difficult to adapt to the managers preferred system and style of play.

The player currently stands on Milan’s accounts as costing them 32 million Euros.

The player has already turned down the opportunity to go the Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

AC Milan will be hoping that this inquiry from Monaco will help them recoup some of their money.

It is understood the principality value the player at around 20 million Euros.

The deal will depend on whether or not Milan are willing to take such a big loss on a player they have technically only just signed.

They may see the deal as an opportunity to regain some funds to reinvest in a player of the new managers choosing.

As for Monaco, at 22 years of age, the player still has a lot of potential. Having played 96 games in Serie A, he has scored 12 goals and had 8 assists.

He is definitely a Monaco type player. He can fulfill his potential over the next couple of seasons, and then Monaco can cash in for a hefty profit.

MILAN, ITALY – MAY 06: Fabio Borini of AC Milan celebrates his goal with his team-mate Franck Kessie #79 during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Bologna FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 6, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)