Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are preparing to join the race for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie should their pursuits of Paul Pogba prove unfruitful, according to a report.
Pogba is yet to agree to an extension on his existing Manchester United contract - which expires in 2022 - but there is thought to be increasing optimism that he will pen fresh terms.
As a result, Mundo Deportivo claims that Barcelona and PSG may consider moving for Kessie as a potential alternative, with the Ivorian also due to become a free agent next summer.
However, Barca and PSG will likely face competition for Kessie's signature from Chelsea, who have supposedly identified the midfielder as an ideal long-term successor for N'Golo Kante.
Kessie enjoyed a prolific 2020-21 season under Stefano Pioli - registering 13 goals and six assists from 37 Serie A matches.