Milan Looking to Give Franck Kessié New Long-Term Contract

Franck Kessié is having his finest year at Milan yet and his value has skyrocketed. The club plans to give him a long-term extension to keep away the top teams, including Real Madrid, who are interested in him, Gazzetta dello Sport reports. The 24-year-old midfielder is currently under contract until 2022.

The management and his representatives are working on a four-year renewal that would push the end date to 2026. The Ivorian international is currently making €2.2M per season and would see a pay bump up to €3/4M. He was acquired from Atalanta in 2017 for a total of €26M, but his price tag would me double that sum now.

Kessié has had an exponential growth since Stefano Pioli took over and is the player that has logged the most minutes in the current campaign, 2934, missing just one match due to a suspension. He has showed impeccable chemistry with any partner in the midfield, whether it was Ismael Bennacer or newcomers Sandro Tonali and Soualiho Meité.

Moreover, he is the second leading scorer of the team behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as he has already reached the double-digit threshold thanks to his precision from penalty spot, nailing nine out of ten attempts. He is the most prolific central midfielder since Antonio Nocerino ten years ago. Considering that the Rossoneri changed their squad a lot over recent transfer market windows, he is also one of the longest-tenured players and has therefore become of the leaders of the locker room despite his still relatively young age.