Milan Favorites To Snatch Franck Kessie & Keita Balde
Milan held a lengthy three-hour meeting with Atalanta heads this week and the Serie A side are happy with the terms offered. According to Sky, Kessie decided before the latest round of talks that the Rossoneri were the best option for him despite Roma being long-term suitors too. Milan have overtaken Roma, matching their €28 million offer.
Luciano Spalletti’s side had another emergency meeting, asking them to respect the previous agreement of €25 million and additionally raised the offer. However, Kessie is reportedly thought to have made up his mind.
The 20-year-old midfielder has agreed to join Milan and is absolutely convinced about that decision, claims Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla. In addition, Atalanta are happy to let their star man walk this summer as long as they collect their asking price.
Milan are also believed to be ahead of the competition of Juventus for Lazio’s rising star Keita Balde, whose contract is due to expire in June 2018. The Turin club has already approached Keita’s agents and made it clear that he would be a key player. However, Milan are still strongly in the race, with Keita acknowledging that he would be in the center of the new ownership’s project.
Milan also hold the advantage of having a better relationship with the Lazio leadership than Juventus, the thing which makes them confident. Tired of sitting on the Stadio Olimpico bench and being considered an impact substitute, Mediaset insists the 22-year-old Senegal international would prefer the Rossoneri to guarantee regular first team football.
Keita Blade has had an impressive season, having scored 13 Serie A goals with three assists so far.