Franck Kessie’s agent has confirmed that the player is wanted by a ton of clubs and, cryptically, said he’s close to many clubs and none’.

“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 20-year-old Ivorian midfielder has six goals and four assists in 24 Serie A appearances this season for Atalanta.

There’s no doubting his ability. As a player who originally started out as a defender and moved further upfield, he has drawn comparisons to Yaya Touré for his bursting runs forward, as well as his impressive goalscoring contributions.

Atalanta have reportedly already turned down a £27m bid from Chelsea

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