Date: 13th May 2020 at 8:30am
Written by: Cristian Penfold

Despite having Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Romain Saiss, Leander Dendoncker, Bruno Jordao, Meritan Shabani and Morgan Gibbs-White at their disposal, Wolverhampton Wanderers are on the hunt for another central midfielder.

The Midlands outfit have been linked with Aston Villa’s John McGinn, Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips and Olympique Marseille’s Morgan Sanson, but they’ve also shown interest in Franck Kessie – a 23-year-old midfielder who plays for AC Milan.

Kessie is a talented box-to-box player who is a composed on the ball and an expert at turning over possession, but supporters from We are Wolves don’t believe he’s worth signing.

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Which club did Wolves sign Raul Jimenez from?

James Kennedy: “He had his chance.”

Stuart Allsop: “Think I would rather stick with Dendoncker.”

Neil Wasdell: “He’s a beast….but he could have come and didn’t.”

Sam Bond: “He was asking (for) too much money. Wolves won’t be held to ransom.”

Corey Cox: “I’m a big fan of him in general as he’s a worker in the midfield, but his wages may be too much.”

Keith Holdcroft: “Don’t think Kessie’s going anywhere. He’s on too much dollar. Our lot won’t pay over the odds.”

Harvey Bruce: “I can see him being a useful player, but he is still a risk and at current market “value” just not worth it.”

Justin Turner: “Wouldn’t touch him with a bargepole.”

Jozef Šromek: “There are better and cheaper players than Kessie.”

Kessie joined AC Milan on loan in 2017 and turned the move permanent in 2019. He’s gone on to make 121 appearances in all competitions, scoring 13 goals and making nine assists.

The Ivorian international earns £1.89m-a-year at Milan and has an asking price of £30.1m. It remains to be seen whether he’s an upgrade on Neves and Moutinho, but supporters don’t want to find out.

Kessie’s agent has played down the likelihood of his client leaving this summer too, so Wolves may struggle to land his signature.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article