SPORTS: Chelsea have ¬25m bid for Atalanta’s Franck Kessie rejected – agent

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Chelsea have had a €25 million offer for
Franck Kessie rejected by Atalanta as they
look to secure a replacement for Oscar in the
transfer window, the midfielder’s agent has
told The Guardian.

Kessie has scored six goals in 16
appearances for Atalanta to help his club to
sixth place in the Serie A table.
The 20-year-old’s impressive performances
have prompted comparisons to fellow Ivory
Coast international Yaya Toure, and agent
George Atangana said Chelsea would face
competition for his signature.
“We have a lot of interest from the Premier
League — Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester
United, Manchester City and Arsenal,”
Atangana said.
“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.
“Chelsea are very interested and it is a great
club, but we must take our time to consider
all the options. Now we are [heading into]
January and he has to play at the African
Nations Cup for Ivory Coast, so I am not
going to rush anything.”
Chelsea are in the market for reinforcements
following the completion of Oscar’s £60m
move to Shanghai SIPG last week, although
head coach Antonio Conte has so far
declined to discuss any specific targets in
public.

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