AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie remains a transfer target for Wolves, who are reportedly lining up a bid to sign the player in January when the transfer window reopens.
Sky Sports reported that Wolves had attempted to sign the 22-year-old last month but were unable to get a deal finalised before the Premier League transfer deadline.
According to Sky Sports, AC Milan are eager to offload the £25m-rated Ivory Coast international, with Football Italia reporting in early August that Wolves had a bid of €25m (£22.32m) plus €3m (£2.68m) in add-ons accepted by the Serie A club.
Despite AC Milan reportedly being keen to get rid of Kessie, he has been a regular in their side over the last couple of seasons, amassing 98 appearances since the start of 2017/18.
He has also featured in both of their Serie A matches so far this term, coming off the bench against Udinese before playing the full 90 minutes in their win over Brescia. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
The central midfielder’s goal involvement figures are decent, with 12 goals and eight assists for AC Milan giving him an average of a goal per 8.17 games and an assist every 12.25 games.
He is also composed in possession, with passing accuracy rates of 92.9% against Udinese and 90% against Brescia in his two most recent outings. [via WhoScored.com]
Wolves central midfielder Joao Moutinho has a passing success rate of 82.4% so far this season and scored just once in 54 appearances for the club, but a fine assists tally of 13 works out at one every 4.15 games.
The Portugal international also has a far better record than Kessie in terms of their respective defensive contributions.
The Wolves man has averaged three successful tackles and 0.5 interceptions per game so far in 2019/20, compared to Kessie’s 0.5 per game for both metrics.
Going back to last season, Moutinho averaged three successful tackles and 1.1 interceptions per game, whereas his AC Milan counterpart had notably inferior match averages of 1.2 tackles and 0.8 interceptions.
Kessie’s chequered disciplinary record is also a concern, with nine yellow cards and one red last season compared to Moutinho’s five yellows, although the Ivory Coast midfielder has committed just two fouls since the start of the current campaign, suggesting that he may be improving his temperament.
Kessie’s goal return is far superior to Moutinho’s, while the AC Milan midfielder has an excellent passing success rate, but his defensive statistics are decidedly worse than the Wolves man.
Also, Nuno Espirito Santo’s team have not lacked for goals this season, with Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota already scoring 11 between them, while Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker, Romain Saiss and Morgan Gibbs-White have netted five between them from midfield. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
The African ace seems to be a midfielder whose eye for goal could be quite useful for Wolves but may also be a liability with his less than stellar defensive and disciplinary records.
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