Kessie has been heavily linked with a switch to Liverpool upon the expiration of his contract at the San Siro in 2022, mirroring the situation Pogba finds himself in at Old Trafford.
But confidence is growing that the United star could agree a new deal and if the Ligue 1 giants instead snapped up the Milan man, the Reds would once again lose out to PSG, while a rival keeps a key player.
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Possessing similar attributes to Pogba, both Barcelona and PSG are said to be eyeing Kessie up, with his wage demands likely to be lower than what Mino Raiola and his client would want.
Technical director and footballing legend Paolo Maldini was tight-lipped in a recent interview when asked about the midfielder’s future.
Maldini told DAZN: “We have been talking to the agent for a year and a half. There have been many meetings and there will be others.”
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Recently speculation has suggested Pogba is now warming to the idea of remaining with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co, potentially meaning the French behemoths and Barca’s options are narrowed down to Kessie.
The two clubs were scrapping for Wijnaldum last summer as Klopp failed to convince him to stay, with the Dutchman recently telling L’Equipe, via Get Football News France, about his decision over the summer.
“[I chose PSG] because of the project that was set out, and because I was told that I’d be a part of it,” he stated.
“The management did everything to convince me. PSG went through the negotiations very quickly, and before we did so I spoke with Mauricio Pochettino and Leonardo. “They assured me that they wanted to build one of the best teams in Europe.”
But the Reds could yet have some hope of their northwest foes being weakened if another suitor for Pogba emerges.
Raiola recently revealed via RAI Sport: “Paul Pogba is out of contract in June, so we’ll talk with Manchester United and we’ll see what happens.”
“There’s a chance that Pogba will return to Juventus, yes – but it also depends on Juventus plans.”
As far as United’s public stance on the matter goes, Solskjaer recently told reporters: “Paul has come in, bright with his own personality, he’s worked hard over the summer. He’s lean and he’s enjoying himself.
“We’ve seen that Paul wants to contribute. Of course you don’t see him in the dressing room or in training, but he’s really determined and he shows his winning mentality and I’m very impressed with him.”
But as Wijnaldum’s recent admission about potentially staying with the Reds demonstrates, things can change very quickly in the transfer market.
“A few months ago, I wanted to stay at Liverpool, but without going into the details, I didn’t get the feeling they wanted to keep me. In these cases, you have to move forward. Barcelona came up,” he explained.
“I was really happy because, since I was a kid, like with the majority of Dutch players, it’s been the club of my dreams, even if I have to admit that my idol was Zinédine Zidane, a Real Madrid player,” the Netherlands international stated.
“I was keen on the idea of signing for Barcelona. But the negotiations lasted a while and eventually PSG came forward.”
Klopp will be hoping Kessie is not saying something similar this time next year.