West Ham will go back in for AC Milan midfielder when the transfer window re-opens, according to Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato. But there could be a problem for the Hammers. The midfielder’s dream is to join Manchester United.
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The east London outfit have been linked with the powerful 23-year-old for quite some time now.
The Evening Standard claimed that West Ham were actually offered Kessie on loan in January. But a move to the London Stadium obviously failed to materialise for the 35-capped Ivory Coast international.
Calico Mercato claims that AC Milan could sell the midfielder for around €40 million (£36 million).
Kessie dreams of Manchester United
The 23-year-old told Tutto Mercato Web a couple of years ago that it is his dream to move to Old Trafford:
“I like the Premier League and in particular the Manchester United – a team I dream of playing in. Chelsea is also a great club, no one would refuse it, but I dream of United.”
Now, Manchester United might just be a good fit for Kessie. Nemanja Matic will be 32 before the start of next season.
Fred has flattered to deceive, although he has improved recently.
And the AC Milan midfielder possesses the type of skillset that might just be attractive to the Red Devils.
Kessie has racked up one goal and one assist in 23 Serie A outings for Milan this season (Who Scored).
In those appearances, the Ivorian has averaged 1.7 tackles and 0.7 interceptions per game. He has also averaged 41 passes per game during that period, with an incredibly impressive completion rate of 88.1% (Who Scored).
The Milan ace seems to be ideally suited to the Premier League. And he would be a truly excellent addition for West Ham.
But the Ivorian’s dream of joining Manchester United could make the Hammers’ job that little bit more complicated.
Especially if the Red Devils decide that they want to make a move for the 23-year-old.