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Wolves: Franck Kessie deal appears to be off

Wolves: Franck Kessie deal appears to be off

Wolves have reportedly pulled out of a possible deal for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, contrary to reports from Italy.

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Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla tweeted that the Serie A club had accepted an offer of €25million (£23.04m) plus €3m (£2.76m) in bonuses, albeit with Kessie wanting substantially more than the €2.8m (£2.58m) a year that Wolves were apparently offering.

However, Tim Nash, editor of Wolvesbite.com, suggested that those reports were wide of the mark. He tweeted on Wednesday night: “Being told there is nothing in this (25m euros bid accepted by AC Milan for Kessie). Kessie is/was on #Wolves radar but as it stands, they have backed off from the deal.”

Earlier this week, Sky Sports reported that the Ivory Coast international was happy at the San Siro and was not pining for a move to the Premier League.

Last season Kessie scored seven goals and supplied three assists in 42 appearances, averaging 0.17 goals and 0.07 assists per game. He had 3,625 minutes of gametime in total, averaging a goal per 517.86 minutes and an assist every 1,208 minutes.

Kessie is composed in possession, with a passing success rate of 87% and a match average of 49.7 passes, 1.3 of which were key passes (via WhoScored).

Although he has started 35 times from defensive midfield in his career, Kessie appears better suited to a more advanced box-to-box role judging by those statistics.

The 22-year-old had a better scoring record last season than Joao Moutinho, who plays in a similar role at Wolves, and recorded a superior passing accuracy – the Portugal midfielder scored just once and had an 84.8% passing success rate.

However, Moutinho supplied more assists with eight, proved better at break-up play with three tackles and 1.1 interceptions per game and recorded more key passes with 2.2 per match.

While Kessie seems more prolific than Moutinho and has a better passing accuracy, the Portugal man appears to be the more well-rounded of the two midfielders.

Also, the AC Milan player’s chequered disciplinary record could make him a high-risk presence in the middle of the park.

Kessie doesn’t look like a player who would radically transform Wolves’ midfield, so the club seem to have made a sensible move in pulling out of a pricey deal for him if they are unwilling to meet his wage demands.

Wolves fans, should the club offer Kessie the wages he wants or can they afford to skip on this possible deal? Join in the discussion by commenting below!

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