Manchester United have been linked to a number of players during February following the close of the winter transfer window last month.
With Jose Mourinho switching to a 4-3-3 more frequently in recent weeks following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez it’s an area we clearly want to upgrade.
On top of that, 36-year-old Michael Carrick is set to retire at the end of the season and Marouane Fellaini’s contract is set to expire in four months with the Belgian international yet to put pen to paper over a new deal.
The only other players we have in these positions currently are Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Scott McTominay. So should Fellaini leave you can expect Jose to sign a new centre midfielder or two over the summer.
One player who was linked to us as recently as last summer was AC Milan loanee Franck Kessie.
The 21-year-old is currently in the first season of his two-year loan deal at the San Siro from fellow Serie A side Atalanta. The Italian giants have an option to purchase Kessie during the loan period.
However, the Ivorian international would need to agree to join AC Milan should Gennaro Gattuso’s side put an offer in. Milan are currently down in 7th in Serie A and far short of the Champions League places.
Should Franck Kessie want to play Champions League football next season then he’ll almost certainly need to leave the San Siro. And going by his recent comments, as quoted by the Daily Express today, the box-to-box midfielder wants to move to the Premier League and that playing for Manchester United would be a dream. Kessie said:
“I’d like to play for [Manchester] United as they’ve always been my favourite team.”
Last year Football Italia reported that Atalanta had agreed to sell the 21-year-old to AS Roma for €30 million (£26.3m), before AC Milan made a move.
One would think Franck Kessie’s price tag would have only increased since last April given his performances for AC Milan this season where he scored four goals and recorded three assists in 24 league appearances.
The energy and defensive protection that Kessie could offer in the centre of our midfield would be excellent for us, whilst he also offers a threat in the final third too. He is much younger and more agile than Nemanja Matic. However, the report doesn’t state whether we’d be able to sign the player in the middle of his loan deal at AC Milan.