AC Milan Set To Sign Atalanta’s Franck Kessie

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

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AC Milan are very close to signing midfielder Franck Kessie from the Serie A club Atalanta, according to the Italian outlet Calciomercato.

The player has come under the scouting limelight recently with brilliant performances for his club, who are currently placed 5th in the league. He has been linked to various clubs across Europe, including Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea, along with another fellow Serie A club, Roma.

The player seems to have agreed to terms with Milan, however, and only formalities need to be finished, in this deal worth €2 million salary plus bonuses for the 20-year-old. Atalanta are expected to move forward and accept a €28 million bid from the Rossoneri.

Despite Roma’s best efforts to bring the player to the capital, Kessie wasn’t personally as inclined to play there. His agent, George Atangana, said: “Kessie isn’t a piece of machinery, fit to be sent to the first place to come to mind. I have a lot of respect for Roma, but I’m still waiting for the right choice for my client.”

The agent is also understood to have stood up a meeting with Roma officials, clearly indicating a lack of interest towards them.

On offers from Premier League, Atangana added: “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.”

The Ivory Coast international has had a great season with the club, scoring on 6 occasions and bagging 3 assists during the 32 games he has played so far. Despite being a great dribbler and having a solid eye for passes, he is known to be a hothead, with 5  yellow cards and 2 red cards this season alone in the Serie A.

The player has also played 15 games for the national side, with his first game coming at a tender age of 17.


Written by Srivats Venkateswaran  

Sports writer with a long experience of writing in football.Was football team head at EssentiallySports. Still deeply misses Sir Alex and Berbatov at United. An introvert at heart with a poetic hand. Engineer by choice, writer by passion.

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