Man Utd-linked star accused of being ‘distracted’ by transfer links

Man Utd have been linked with AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie and the player is looking “distracted” according to reports coming out of Italy.

The 24-year-old came through the ranks at Serie A side Atalanta. He joined AC Milan in 2017 on a two-year loan deal and this move was made permanent in 2019.

Kessie has been a key player for the Italian giants since 2017 as he has played just short of 200 times for them across all competitions.

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The Ivory Coast international shone for Milan last term as he provided 14 goals and six assists for them from his 50 appearances.

Kessie has been linked with a move to Man Utd in recent months. His contract at Milan is set to expire at the end of the 2021/22 season.

As cited by the Express, Kessie has been accused of being “distracted” of late by members of the Italian media.

Elsewhere, Steve McManaman has suggested that he cannot see Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers replacing Old Gunnar Solskjaer:

“I can’t see Brendan going there. He’s got the credentials, yes, but I think his history with Liverpool would be too much for everybody.

“I haven’t spoken to Zizou [Zidane] in a while but I don’t think he speaks English and I don’t know whether it’s a job that would appeal to him.

“He leads a lovely lifestyle in Madrid and uprooting and coming to Manchester would be a big ask for him and his family. I think managing in France, in Paris, or at Juventus would be more in tune to Zizou.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if Manchester United went back and got Mauricio Pochettino. Anyone who works at Paris Saint-Germain for a couple of years has normally had enough of it! And Poch would probably be the man because of his knowledge and experience of England and the Premier League.

“Brendan and Zizou are more than capable and they’ve got better CV’s than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But Ole knows Man Utd. It looks as if the club are going to stick with him, certainly for the foreseeable future.”

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