Liverpool ready to complete powerhouse midfield signing with €30million signing-on bonus

Liverpool are reportedly ready to sign Franck Kessie for free next summer and are prepared to offer him €30million (£25.4m) to convince him to choose Anfield.

According to Spanish outlet El Nacional, Liverpool will make an offer to Kessie of €30million (£25.4m) as a signing on bonus as his terms with AC Milan expire at the end of the season.

Signing him as a free agent would not require a transfer fee to be paid to Milan but paying that kind of bonus to the player would be unheard of from Liverpool.

STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA, MILANO, ITALY - 2020/07/24: Franck Kessie of Ac Milan during the Serie A match between Ac Milan and Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio. The match end in a tie 1-1. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Reds allowed Georginio Wijnaldum’s contract to run down and he subsequently left the club in the summer and I maintain that this was a mistake.

Jurgen Klopp is currently dealing with a few midfield injuries, with Harvey Elliott on the rehab track and while Curtis Jones has overcome a small groin injury, Thiago Alcantara has yet to return to training.

Liverpool could really do with adding to their midfield ranks and signing someone like Kessie would be an interesting way of going about doing it.

The Ivorian isn’t someone that would necessarily walk straight into the current lineup due to the role he best carries out.

AC Milan's Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie celebrates after scoring a penalty during the Italian Serie A football match AC Milan vs Lazio Rome on April 13, 2019 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp already has Fabinho and Kessie’s best position is in the no.6 so unless he was played further forward, it would require the Reds to deploy two holding midfielders.

Liverpool drew with Manchester City right before the international break but it’s my view that it could have been a win with a more dominant midfield performance.

Having Thiago on the pitch may have been the difference but the Reds need the depth to cope with injuries to midfielders to be able to compete in games against Premier League title contenders.

Signing Kessie would enable Klopp the peace of mind he needs when players like Thiago get injured or ahead of this weekend’s clash against Watford when he will be without Fabinho, he could swap the Brazilian out for the Ivorian.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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