The agent of Franck Kessie has confirmed a host of English clubs are expressing interest in the Atalanta ace ahead of the summer window.
The 20-year-old has been the top breakout star in Italy’s top flight this season, guiding Atalanta to a fantastic start to the campaign. The club from Bergamo have already cashed in on Mattia Caldara and Roberto Gagliardini, and Kessie was expected to be next.
The Blues had a verbal offer of up to £27 million for Kessie rejected by Gian Piero Gasperini’s side in January, but the Stamford Bridge club are keen not to miss out on their man this time around.
And now the Kessie’s representative insisted Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City have made enquiries into the player’s future.
“Franck is close to many clubs and close to none,” agent George Atangana told Rai Sport.
“I must admit that Roma have the advantage for Kessie, but we haven’t closed a deal yet because there are other top clubs interested who continue calling me.
“There are very few clubs who can afford him, though. I can confirm he’s a good lad, honest and humble. He was brought up well.
“I can’t say how much he is worth, because that is down to Atalanta. I can only say he is a complete player and everywhere you put him, he can do that role.
“There are many overseas clubs interested in him. Manchester City, where his friend Yaya Toure plays in the same role. Liverpool, where their manager Jurgen Klopp knows how to help young players develop.
“Then there’s Arsenal, whose manager is very close to French-speaking players. I have to say they are not the only Premier League clubs who are after him, as there are many more too.”
The highly-demanded midfielder, who is reportedly valued at around £34m, has scored six goals this season in Serie A, creating 17 chances and three assists, he has also completed 907 passes with a pass accuracy of 85%, of which 70% were forward passes.