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President of Serie side Atalanta has admitted to L’Eco di Bergamo that he would be willing to keep hold of Franck Kessie at the club beyond the January transfer window.
Kessie, four-time capped Ivory Coast international, dubbed the ‘new Yaya Toure’ due to his stylistic similarities with his veteran countryman, is currently valued at around €15m, according Italian news outlet Football Italia, but the fee is unlikely to ward off potential suitors.
He made his fame in the Serie A last season having bagged four times in the club opening five games of despite being deployed primarily in a deeper midfielder role and he has subsequently earned the admiration of some of Europe’s most prestigious club.
However, despite Arsenal being able to meet the Italian release clause for the star, we could still be facing keen competition from Juventus who are said to be lining-up lucrative move for the midfielder.
Moreover, Atalanta’s president, Antonio Percassi, hopes that Kessie will remain in Lombardy beyond the January transfer window. There has not be any assurance of his future beyond that particular benchmark.
“I do not think that Kessie will leave Bergamo in January, but then who knows what will happen,” Percassi told to L’Eco di Bergamo, as reported by Football Italia. “I hope that he will remain at Atalanta until June.”
Kessie starred on loan at Serie B side Cesena last season, earning a place in the league’s Team of the Year, and, if his current trajectory is anything to go by, more accolades could by on their way in the near future.