Wolves’ attempts to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie appear unlikely to come off as they are struggling to agree terms for the player.
Sky Sports reported that it is unclear whether Wolves will meet the £30million asking price set by the Serie A club, having already invested heavily in the summer transfer window (£87.3m spent, according to TransferMarkt.co.uk).
According to Sky Sports, the Ivory Coast international is happy in Milan and would likely take considerable persuasion to move to Molineux.
However, as reported by Sky Sports, Kessie’s current club could be eager to get him off their books in order to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.
Kessie has been at AC Milan for the past two seasons, having been loaned to the club by Atalanta in 2017 in a two-year deal with an obligation to buy.
The San Siro club now own the player’s contract, having signed him permanently for £21.6m upon completion of the two-year loan.
The 22-year-old central midfielder has played 96 times for AC Milan, scoring 12 goals (one in eight games) and providing eight assists (one every 12 games). Also, he was the joint top provider of assists at this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations, setting up three goals in Ivory Coast’s run to the quarter-finals.
However, his defensive contributions are decidedly mediocre for a central midfielder. His match averages of 1.2 tackles and 0.8 interceptions are unspectacular.
Also, his disciplinary record is poor, with 26 yellow cards and three reds in 127 games across the last three seasons, along with an average of 1.4 fouls per game last term. That works out at one booking every 4.88 games and a red card once every 42.3 games.
Kessie’s central midfield role for AC Milan is filled by Joao Moutinho at Wolves. The Portugal international had a disappointing scoring return of only one goal from 44 games last season, although he partly compensated for that with eight assists (one every 5.5 games).
Moutinho’s passing success rate of 84.8% is inferior to Kessie’s, but he had higher match averages for tackles (three) and interceptions (1.1). Also, he was booked just five times last term, an average of one yellow card every 8.8 games.
Kessie would likely be an effective part of Wolves’ team if they can broker a deal for him, given his impressive ratio of goal involvements.
However, his tendency to fall foul of referees and his underwhelming tackling and interception statistics could make him a risky presence in the side.
While he could offer a decent goal threat, Wolves don’t seem markedly worse off without him in the squad, given that midfielder Ruben Neves matched his goal ratio of one in eight games last season and contributed more defensively (2.1 tackles and interceptions per game).
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