Agent of Franck Kessie, George Atangana has opened up on Chelsea’s interest in the Ivorian midfielder.

The Blues are keen to sign the 20-year-old midfielder in the January transfer window but could find themselves in a bidding war after his agent, Atagana confirmed that a host of Premier League clubs are interested in signing Kessie.

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.

“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.”

Reports in the Guardian have it that Atlanta have rejected a  €25 million offer for Franck Kessie.

The Ivorian midfielder who has been compared to compatriot Yaya Toure, has scored six goals in 16 appearances for Atlanta in this Serie A season.


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