Arsenal Amongst a Host of Premier League Teams Interested in £26m Rated Atalanta Star

Cameron Ramsey

​Arsenal have emerged amongst a collection of Premier League outfits which are interested in signing Atalanta's £26m rated midfielder Franck Kessie, according to the players' agent George Atangana.

Atangana, speaking to Rai Sport, via Metro, also revealed that Liverpool and Manchester City have expressed their desire to sign the 20-year-old Ivory Coast international in the summer. However thanks to Arsene Wenger's natural ability to communicate with French-speaking stars, the Gunners may surface as the more worthy destination for Kessie.

Atalanta BC v FC Crotone - Serie A
Atalanta BC v FC Crotone - Serie A

Besides the interest from England's top-flight, Atangana pinpointed a particular Serie A club which are also keen to gain the promising midfielder's signature, but insisted that a deal is yet to be struck on any front:  " Franck is close to many clubs and close to none." He said.

"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."

Jurgen Klopp's enthusiasm to push for the future at Anfield by blooding youngsters in the first team was also mentioned by Atangana, while linking up with fellow international teammate Yaya Toure at Pep Guardiola's City may also become a determiner if Kessie is to make a decision on his future: 

Juventus FC v Atalanta BC - Serie A
Juventus FC v Atalanta BC - Serie A

" 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." Atangana added.

Although with a strong French contingent  in Arsenal's squad, a move to the Emirates could lessen the likeliness of becoming alienated. Atangana concluded by stating: " Then there’s Arsenal, whose manager is very close to French-speaking players."

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