Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are getting excited about a possible new arrival at Stamford Bridge, despite already seeing a bid rejected for their target.
The Daily Star states Antonio Conte’s side have seen a bid of £27m for Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie rejected by the Italian outfit, with the deal broken down into an initial payment of £21m and a further £6m in bonuses.
Dubbed the next Yaya Toure, 20-year-old Kessie has attracted the attention of Europe’s top sides for his performances in Italy and a decision on his future could be made in the coming days, following Ivory Coast’s exit from the African Cup of Nations.
Kessie is believed to be keen on a move to West London but does not want to force a deal through, whilst Chelsea are prepared to offer the youngster back 0n-loan to Atalanta until the end of the season.
Our landed believes that Atlanta’s resilience will break with the right offer, although he does feel a transfer may have to be delayed until the summer.
The Chelsea supporting punters by the bar here in the Transfer Tavern are hoping Conte can somehow secure a deal for Kessie, with them all agreeing the club should be looking to secure the world’s best talent early doors, before other suitors come in.
If you’re unsure about how Kessie plays, check out this video of him:
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