Paolo Maldini backs Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek to repalce Franck Kessie at AC Milan
Paolo Maldini believes Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek can be the replacement for Franck Kessie at AC Milan. The midfielder left the Rossonerri for Barcelona last summer, leaving a void in the then-Italian champions’ roster.
As per Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Daily Mail), Maldini has begun focusing on the economic aspects that can facilitate his transfer because it is anticipated that they will place 15 players on the transfer market. The mass exodus should see them get to a position where players can be brought in through reinvestment.
The Chelsea midfielder wants to move to Milan, and by June, the England international is predicted to team up with Sandro Tonali in midfield at the San Siro.
Additionally, the club has begun putting together a competitive team for next season after earning a spot in the Champions League. This comes after Milan advanced this season to the semifinals of the Champions League, falling well short of arch-rivals Inter Milan.
The Blues are willing to sell, and the asking price is anticipated to be around £17 million. Milan is attempting to negotiate a deal for around £13 million, and there are promising signs that an agreement might be reached. Chelsea is also pushing for the signing of midfielders to strengthen their midfield and can do with cashing in on surplus players.
With Mauricio Pochettino taking over as Blues manager in the upcoming weeks, the Blues are anticipating a lengthy summer of rebuild. Loftus-Cheek is a utility player but can be deemed expendable in order to address more pressing concerns.
We can’t say if Loftus-Cheek will fill Kessie’s void, but the 27-year-old is a talented midfielder, and he has shown it at Chelsea. And when a club legend feels you are worthy of being their top target, you are certainly a valuable player to them, and the England international would be a key player for the Serie A giants.
He is in his mid-20s and a dynamic player, given that he played everywhere in midfield at Chelsea and also as a right-back in a few games.
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In Serie A, there is also increased competition with the likes of Napoli, Inter Milan, Juventus, and Roma have turned into competitive sides in recent years, and hopefully, since Loftus-Cheek has excellent qualities, Milan could benefit from his signing.