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Former Chelsea target Franck Kessie has passed his medical and will play for AC Milan next season, the Serie A side have announced the deal.

Atalanta will receive an undisclosed fee for the Ivorian midfielder, who has put the pen to paper on a two-year loan with an obligation to buy.

It is understood Chelsea offered £24m to sign Kessie, who refused to move to the Premier League following his successful spell at Atalanta.

AC Milan will reportedly set his sights on another Chelsea target, Wolfsburg star Ricardo Rodriguez.

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Franck Kessie has been one of the Serie A best youngsters so far and two big Italian clubs, As Roma and Ac Milan want to sign him this summer.

However, according to Atalanta sporting director Giovanni Sartori Chelsea seem to be the first option for the midfielder.

“The player wants to wait until the end of the season to make a decision, partly because he is attracted to the Premier League, as Chelsea really like him.” – Sartori said.

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Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie claimed that Chelsea‘s interest in him ‘proves that he’s ‘having a good season’, anyway the Ivorian star does not want to go ‘too fast‘.

When asked about real chances to join Premier League next season, the 20-year-old told So Foot: “I don’t know if my club has received any offers. I’m under contract. We’ll see if we need to discuss anything”.

“I like Bergamo, – Kessie added – The city is nice, quiet, and I appreciate life in Italy, where I was well received”.

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Chelsea and Everton are still interested in Atalanta youngster Franck Kessie, according to Goal.com.

It has been reported that Antonio Conte‘s side have a £22m bid rejected by the Italian side, while Ronald Koeman wants him to strengthen the midfield.

Anyway, still no agreement on price has been reached, with Atalanta reportedly asking around £30m for the Ivory Coast star.

Also Manchester United are keeping tabs on Kessie, but Chelsea are said to be leading the race following the departure of John Mikel Obi, who joined Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA last week.

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George Atangana, Franck Kessie‘s agent, has confirmed that a host of Premier League side will battle to land the Atalanta star to England in a near future.

He reportedly told Guardian Sport: “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”.

Atangana will reportedly meet Chelsea officials in London next week and the agent himself has revealed that Atalanta esteeme Kessie’s ownership around £34m, while Chelsea have a £21m bid rejected by the Serie A side.

“For us the most important thing is that the technical project is the right one for him – Atangana added – Franck is very young so we have to be very careful about his development”.

Then the 20-year-old’s agent ended: “Chelsea are very interested and it is a great club but we must take our time to consider all the options, now we are in January so he has to play at the African Cup of Nations for Ivory Coast so I am not going to rush anything.”


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Chelsea are interested in signing Ivorian Coast starlet Franck Kessie, according to L’Eco di Bergamo and several reports in Italy today.

Antonio Conte have reportedly sent scouts to watch the Atalanta midfielder and would have offered a fee around £21.6m to land the 20-year-old to Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.

Kessie scored 7 times in 17 games so far, playing as central midfielder in a 3-4-3 formation.

It is understood also Juventus are really interested in the former Cesena youngster, with Liverpool reportedly monitoring the situation.



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