Liverpool are reportedly prepared to offer Thiago Alcantara in a direct swap deal to sign Franck Kessie in the January transfer window.
According to a recent report from La Razon, Liverpool are among the clubs interested in the services of Franck Kessie. The AC Milan midfielder could be available for free next summer, with his current contract at San Siro expiring at the end of the season.
The Reds, though, are prepared to sign him in the January transfer window by offering Milan the opportunity to sign Thiago Alcantara in a swap deal. It could be an exciting proposition for the Serie A giants, who have not had much luck in renewing Kessie’s contract while the report adds that Atletico Madrid are also interested in the services of the Ivorian.
The reigning Spanish champions are ready to include Hector Herrera in a potential player plus cash deal. But Liverpool could certainly raise the eyebrows with their desire to sacrifice Thiago, who had come to Anfield as a marquee signing in the summer of 2020.
However, the former Bayern Munich midfielder endured a difficult year in the Premier League, struggling to settle himself under Jurgen Klopp’s tactical philosophy. He has started the new season on a relatively better note, but there are concerns over his style of play being potentially detrimental to the Liverpool first-team.
On that note, Liverpool have identified Kessie as a more practical solution in solving this midfield problem. Formerly of Atalanta, the AC Milan superstar is regarded as one of the best midfielders in Serie A due to his success under Stefano Pioli, who has turned the Ivorian into a productive, attack-minded midfielder enforcer.
His aggression and a direct style of play are tailor-made made for Klopp’s tactical philosophy at Liverpool. A swap deal between him and Thiago in January could, thus, make a world of sense, although it won’t improve the overall depth of the midfield unit.
But it appears the Reds have plans for that as well, having reportedly reached an agreement with Yves Bissouma over a potential January transfer. The Brighton & Hove Albion star is being targeted as a direct replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, although it appears unlikely that Liverpool will be able to secure both him and Kessie in the same window.
Not to mention, the competition from Atletico Madrid will be stiff, which may force both the clubs to settle for a free transfer for Kessie next summer. Liverpool, though, may need to move quickly as they are running out of options, especially with Jurgen Klopp recently considering pulling the plug on Jude Bellingham chase.