Liverpool handed massive blow in their pursuit of 24-year-old AC Milan star

Liverpool’s hopes of securing the services of AC Milan’s Franck Kessie this summer are seemingly come to the end, as the midfielder has decided to spent 2021/22 season at San Siro.

The Merseyside Reds are in the market for a new playmaker, following the exit of Georginio Wijnaldum, with the 24-year-old believed to be one of their main transfer targets this summer.

However, Kessie – who is currently at the Olympic 2020 with the Ivory Coast national team – has now provided an update on his future, expressing his desire to remain with AC Milan and compete in the Champions League with them.

“I’m proud to have chosen Milan and it is not my intention to leave. Indeed, I want to stay forever,” Kessie told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“When I come back from the Olympics, I’ll fix everything. I just want Milan. Sporting director Paolo Maldini knows my thoughts”.

Kessie has played a vital role for the Italian giants last season to secure a place in the top-four scoring 13-goals in all competitions and the club are also keen on keeping him at San Siro.

Jurgen Klopp is now set to turn his attention to other options in the transfer market, with the Merseyside Reds are believed to be keeping tabs on several midfielders across Europe, including  Lyon’s Houssem Aouar, Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez and Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans.