Tuesday January 24 2017
Atalanta take Kessie off the market

Atalanta have rejected €25m from PSG and Chelsea for Franck Kessie, because they think his value will increase in six months.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the Orobici are turning down all offers for the Ivory Coast midfielder.

Over the last 24-48 hours, that included proposals worth €25m plus bonuses from Paris Saint-Germain and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea.

This seems to be because his current club believes Kessie will only get stronger and therefore be worth more.

He only turned 20 last month and this is his debut Serie A season, contributing seven goals and two assists in 17 competitive games.

Atalanta already sold Roberto Gagliardini to Inter for somewhere in the region of €28m, while Juventus have snapped up defender Mattia Caldara for 2018.

Kessie is returning from international duty after the Ivory Coast went out of the Africa Cup of Nations, so will be back in action this weekend.

The Sky Sport Italia report suggests the Bergamo side has faith the ‘new Yaya Toure’ will be worth closer to €30m by the end of the season.

He has also been linked with Juventus, Inter, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United.