Liverpool face competition from PSG for Franck Kessie, according to reports. That won’t be an easy fight to win.
This comes from CalcioMercato. They claim Paris Saint-Germain have already made an offer to Franck Kessie.
Now, legally, they can’t do that and they have to wait until January We imagine it’s more of a ‘club let’s agent know what they would offer’ type thing. That’s typically how these things work as clubs look to get around tapping-up rules.
As for what the offer is: around £8.5m per year. That’s considerably up on the £6m AC Milan have supposedly put on the table.
It’s also what Liverpool must contend with if they truly want to sign Kessie. We imagine they do, too, as there’s a potential bargain on the table.
The Ivorian’s contract expires in 2022, meaning clubs can officially offer pre-contract agreements in January. Alternatively, they could try to sign the player that month by offering Milan compensation.
Gazzetta Dello Sport claims Liverpool do want Kessie. Whether that’s as a free transfer or a January signing, we’re not sure. Honestly, both sound good to us.
PSG move in for Kessie
As things stand, Liverpool have plenty of midfielders but no one really like Kessie. There’s a clear role for him as an all-action defence-minded midfielder in the squad.
Is that worth upwards of £8m a year? That’s going to be the big decision for Liverpool but the real question is how further ‘upwards’ will it go? That’s just the nature of competing with PSG.
The Parisians can put an awful lot of money on the table for players they don’t necessarily need all that much. Especially for out-of-contract players, they’ll blow others out of the water to even fractionally upgrade their team.
A tough one, then. If PSG truly want Kessie, Liverpool will have to either commit a lot of money or make some big promises to the player.