Update On Wolves’ Pursuit Of This Serie A Midfielder: Should Nuno Espirito Santo Get Him On Board?

According to a recent report by Calciomercato, AC Milan are looking to recoup around €25m for Franck Kessie, who was linked with a switch to Wolverhampton Wanderers last month (via Tuttomercato). It is believed that the Ivory Coast international has a market in England, so there is a chance that he can seal a move to the Premier League during the summer transfer window (via Calciomercato).

Kessie’s Tale Of Mixed Fortunes At The San Siro

The 23-year-old has enjoyed another solid season at the San Siro after finding a level of consistency with his performances at the centre of the park. He has featured in 25 matches for Stefano Pioli’s side this term, scoring one goal and registering two assists in all competitions.

More importantly, the Ivorian has averaged 1.7 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 0.7 clearances per match in the Serie A which goes to show that he has what it takes to influence the game at both ends of the pitch (stats via whoscored).

Kessie has also secured 39 senior caps for the Ivory Coast national side but is yet to open his goal-scoring account for his homeland. However, Wolves can expect him to be unavailable for a significant period of next season as he is expected to play a crucial role for his country in the 2021 African Cup of Nations.

What Will The Ivorian Bring To The Molineux?

Kessie can do a little bit of everything in midfield and tends to cover a lot of ground using his pace and power. He has averaged one shot and one key pass in every 90 minutes of league football this season which suggests that he is improving his productivity going forward (stats via whoscored). Even though the Ivory Coast international is primarily a defensive-minded midfielder, he needs to improve his overall game so that he can be more effective in the opposition half.

Should Nuno Santo Get Kessie On Board?

Wolves currently have Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Leander Dendoncker and Morgan Gibbs-White vying for a midfield berth in Nuno Espirito Santo’s first-team. However, neither of them has the pace and the power that Kessie provides at the San Siro. Therefore, he will a decent acquisition for the West Midlands outfit if they can find a way to bring him to the Molineux Stadium this summer.

Kessie’s arrival will also allow Nuno Espirito Santo to switch his formation more often so that he can come up with a perfect tactical plan to get over the line in some of the more challenging fixtures in the upcoming campaign. At 23, he is about to enter the prime years of his playing career which Wolves should look to benefit from in the coming seasons. Hence, the Premier League side should go all out with their efforts to land him in the summer.

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