PSG Join Bidding War For Ivory Coast’s Franck Kessie

Gonzalo Higuain in action with Atalanta's Rafael Toloi and Franck Kessie.

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PSG have joined the bidding war to hijack Chelsea and Manchester United target Franck Kessie.

That’s what renowned journalist Gianluca Di Marzio is claiming, as his report says the Ligue 1 champions have already chalked out an offer for the 20-year-old.

The Atalanta midfielder has been sensation in his first Serie A season, netting seven goals with two assists in 17 competitive appearances.

He is currently at the Africa Cup of Nations, playing for Ivory Coast, where he is widely tipped as the new Yaya Toure.


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Inter and Juventus had also tried to tempt Kessie, but were quickly priced out of the market, and the bidding war, it’s believed, is set to escalate. The extremely talented Ivorian is valued at £30m by the Italian club at present.

Since he returned from a loan spell with Cesena last season, Kessie has stepped up his progress and emerged as a vital first-team player for Atalanta. And that has attracted interests from PSG, Manchester United and Chelsea.

His agent, George Atangana, recently confirmed there was a lot of interest from the Premier League in his client.


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He said: “We have a lot of interest from the Premier League. Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.

“I cannot say at this stage how much he will cost but we are talking about one of the best young players in the world. But for us the most important thing is that the technical project is the right one for him. Franck is very, young so we have to be very careful about his development.”

However, Atalanta have made it clear they are not in a hurry to sell Kessie during the January transfer window, having already sold Roberto Gagliardini to Inter for a deal worth up to €28m.

 

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