Wolves pushing harder to sign this 22-year-old ace for €28m would have made all the difference this season

Why Wolves could regret missing out on AC Milan’s Franck Kessie

According to a report from Football Italia, Wolves had agreed on a €28m deal to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie on the deadline day. However, a deal has failed to materialise and the midfielder has since stayed put at Milan.

Franck Kessie, 22, has spent the last two seasons on loan at San Siro from fellow Italian outfit Atalanta, finally making his move permanent in June for €24m.

AC Milan had forked out €7m to secure the 22-year-old’s services for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 campaigns. However, he is not believed to be a part of new Rossoneri head coach Marco Giampaolo’s plans.

Hence, Milan were keen to sell the Ivorian this summer and make a quick profit. But that hasn’t happened as Wolves failed to sign Kessie on the transfer deadline day.

So far, Kessie has made 96 appearances for Milan and has largely impressed in a side that has underwhelmed as a collective unit since his arrival.

The midfielder was also the joint-top of the assists charts at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, collecting three as his country reached the quarter-finals, where they cruelly lost a penalty shootout to eventual champions Algeria.

Given his recent performances with the national team in the Africa Cup of Nations, Wolves’ miss out on Kessie is a big shame.

In Leander Dendoncker, Romain Saiss, Ruben Neves, Morgan Gibbs-White and Joao Moutinho, Wolves do have plenty of central midfield options.

However, Nuno Espirito Santo could have done well by signing another midfielder as his team are currently participating in Europe. There is a danger, however, that they could endure a potential burnout as the 2019/20 season progresses.

That’s where Kessie could have made a difference at the Molineux. He is strong, powerful, bursting with energy, tenacious in the tackle and aggressive in nature that makes him ideally suited to Premier League football.

He relies a lot on his power and physicality to outmuscle the opposition. The Ivorian possesses an ability to augment the midfield and carry the ball across half-spaces. It is, in part, due to his excellent control over the ball.

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Certainly, someone like Kessie would have added depth and quality to Nuno’s midfield. The likes of Moutinho and Neves cannot be expected to play every game next season. Also, the former Atalanta ace could have offered different qualities to the Midlands outfit.


At just 22, Kessie has plenty of time left ahead of him, and if he continues to develop, he could very well go on to become a real star. Thus, Wolves could very well regret not getting the Ivory Coast international in.

Written by Rohan Sengupta

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