Which players could leave Milan in January and why Kessié is unlikely to join Tottenham

by | Nov 15, 2021 14:43

Milan are reportedly planning to sell at least four players in January, but not Franck Kessié, even if his contract extension with the Rossoneri is unlikely.

The Rossoneri are already preparing for the January transfer window, not just with new signings but also by selling players who have struggled with playing time this season.

Among them, Andrea Conti and Samu Castillejo. The contract of the Italian right-back expires at the end of the season and the Rossoneri could terminate his contract by mutual agreement.

Castillejo has been eyed by Andriy Shevchenko’s Genoa, with the former Milan striker considering the Spaniard as a valuable option to strengthen his squad.

According to Calciomercato.com, the Serie A leaders are also considering the future of Matteo Gabbia and Pietro Pellegri.

Gabbia has only played 59 minutes, one less than Pellegri, who featured against Venezia, Spezia and Atalanta, coming on as a substitute.

The Rossoneri don’t seem willing to sell Franck Kessié in January, even if his contract expires at the end of the season.

The Ivorian star is one of Antonio Conte’s priority targets at Tottenham, but the Rossoneri don’t want to sell him despite negotiations over a new contract are leading nowhere.

Kessié reportedly wants a €9m-a-year deal, but Milan are likely to keep him at San Siro until the end of the season unless they receive a suitable offer for his value.

The Rossoneri don’t want to sell Kessié for a low price tag and would rather keep him at the club until the end of the season as they did with Gigio Donnarumma and Hakan Calhanoglu last term.


epa09463966 Lazio's mildfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (L) in action against AC Milan's midfielder Frank Kessie during the Italian Serie A soccer match AC Milan vs SS Lazio at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 September 2021. EPA-EFE/ROBERTO BREGANI


  1. James

    Congrats to whoever pays him €9m per season and wish him all the best elsewhere.

    Thanks Maldini for not paying such.

  2. Chris

    The shortest article ever:

    Why Kessie won’t go to Spurs – they’re 10 points off the top and in the 3rd tier of European football – The End.

    I genuinely think that anyone other than an astronomical offer from the likes of City, PSG, Real Madrid etc.. is just a sideways move. Milan look unlikely to turn things around in Europe, but barring something disastrous are looking to guarantee European (probably UCL again) football next year. He says it’s not about money but other clubs out there have the same or similar prospects.

  3. Milan Fan

    I guess Gabbia needs to play more to grow, but I think Pellegri will eventually gets his chance this season. Zlatan and Giroud are old and injury prone.

  4. Jonas

    Kessie is a good and valuable player for Milan, but how valuable and good ?

    He is not worth the wage that is being throw out there by various media.

    The issue is also that if Milan give in to Kessie’s demands, other players would want the same. The management needs to stick to their plan and not give in to crazy wage demands. That’s what ruined the club in the first place.

    They just need to be better at extending the contracts in time so they have the abilitiy to sell the players in time.

  5. dangermom

    His mistake led to the traitors penalty and he was not focused.

  6. Chris

    Jonas is spot on. I’ve alluded to the same thing previously. If the club caves to one player’s demands it becomes a free-for-all, fringe players end up with stupid money and we end up in the same position we were in a few years ago – scraping a mid table finish with overpaid players and relying on history and reputation to spare our blushes.

    I would rather begrudgingly lose players like Gigio, Hakan, Franck, and have a unified squad of players who believe the whole is bigger than the individual than have a dressing room full of uncontrollable egos. The players that have left this season have learned that the grass isn’t always greener – albeit I know it’s quite early on to be judging.

  7. ricky

    Sell him and buy an Italian.

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