Franck Kessie, 20-year-old Atalanta’s defensive midfielder, could still play in the Premier League next season.
Last month there were numerous reports of the young Ivory Coast international joining AS Roma. However, Kessie’s agent, George Atangana, has suggested that his client is still looking at his options.
“Franck is at the centre of attention for many clubs thanks to his great work over the last two years and the performances for Atalanta,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“Nobody can decide where Kessie goes, other than me and him.
“As for his future, the only thing we have to take into consideration is if any eventual offers are satisfactory to the boy.
“We are listening to all offers.
“Then, along with his club, we will assess what is the best option for everyone.”
In January, Chelsea made an effort to try and negotiate his transfer to Stamford Bridge but failed to manage it. This coming summer, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Liverpool are all said to be interested in Kessie, who has previously claimed it would be a “dream” for him to join Manchester United.
Atalanta currently value 20-year-old midfielder at £34m, and with his contract running until summer of 2021 that could create some potential issues for some buyers.
Kessie already has 10 senior international caps for the Ivory Coast and has been called up to the squad that will try to defend their African Nations Cup title next season.
He joined Atalanta in 2015 and spent last season on loan in Cesena.
This season he’s made 25 appearances and scored six goals while making four assists. While looking at his style of play, most people compare him to his fellow countryman Yaya Toure even though the two have some obvious differences.
Although he was at first ball-playing defender, Cesena’s head coach deployed Kassie in front of defence, and the results were immediate as Kessie flourished in his new role.
His main strengths are excellent marking, great physical abilities, technique, and good vision to pick a forward pass.
A hard working box-to-box midfielder, he will surely have lots of options this summer as more and more clubs continue to join in the race to sign the youngster.