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AC Milan midfielder makes 'come-and get-me' plea to Manchester United

AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has reportedly thrown his long-term future with the club in doubt after revealing his desire to play for Manchester United. The Ivory Coast international joined the Rossoneri on a two-year loan deal from Atalanta BC last summer with an obligation to buy.

Kessie begun his campaign with the Rossoneri in a relatively slow fashion, but his performances have picked up over the past few months, and he was one of the leading performances for the club during their Coppa Italia quarter-final win over Inter Milan.

Despite this, the 21-year-old still has his sights on a potential move to Old Trafford, and he has revealed his ambition for the club once more in an interview covered by The Express, he said: "I’d like to play for United as they’ve always been my favourite team."

Kessie has regularly been compared with Ivorian legend and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, and such has been his improvement in the last few years that he has become the talisman at the heart of his country's midfield. United boss Jose Mourinho loves a tough tackler who possesses a tireless workrate in midfield, and the Ivorian could re-emerge as a potential target for the club in the summer given Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini are likely to cut ties with the club.

Carrick is expected to hang up his playing shoes to enter into coaching under Mourinho whilst Fellaini is seemingly on his way out of the club on a Bosman. The Belgian is said to have agreed a pre-contract with Galatasaray ahead of his proposed summer switch. Like United, Milan are understood to have high ambitions after their record spending during the 2017 summer transfer window, and it will be interesting to see whether the club would be willing to cash in on the footballer after buying him outright in the summer.