The agent of ‘the next Yaya Toure’ has revealed that Arsenal are quite keen on a move, according to Goal.
Franck Kessie may be only nineteen years old, but the Atalanta midfielder has already scored four goals from five appearances for the Serie A club, catching the eye of the Gunners.
Goal say that his runs from deep midfield have already drawn comparisons with the Manchester City outcast Toure, who in his prime was a superb player.
Also boasting an eighty-five percent pass accuracy as well as a perfect record when it comes to tackling in Italy’s top flight during 2016/17, Kessie has also attracted the attention of Turin giants and current Scudetto holders Juventus.
However, Mario Lemina’s rapid development could mean that Arsenal may have the edge if it comes to an all-out battle to sign the player.
Arsene Wenger’s side added Granit Xhaka in the summer, and despite two fine long-range strikes, the Swiss international and former Borussia Monchengladbach captain is not particularly known for his goalscoring exploits.
Therefore, the acquisition of Kessie could prove to be a wise move, and his agent told Goal that the London outfit had had their representatives in Italy to watch the rising talent recently.
“They [Arsenal] were here in Italy to watch him”,
“Arsenal are a good team but there are a lot of teams interested in him so they’re not the only possible destination.”
Kwese Sports have claimed from their Italian source Eco di Bergamo that representatives from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Sevilla have already witnessed Kessie on the pitch this season.
Kessie can also draw some unwanted similarities with Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, after taking a penalty that wasn’t designated to him in the win against Torino.
Safe to say, his manager Gian Piero Gasperini wasn’t impressed.
“He should not have taken it,” he stated. “There’s a designated list and it should have been Paloschi or [Alejandro] Gomez.
“He put himself in the middle of something he had no right to be in even as his team-mates were warning him not to get involved.
“Such things are not right. In the big teams, it doesn’t work like this.
“If he wants to become a great player, he must grow also in this regard.”
Kessie has stated what field he’d like to improve certain aspects of his game, focusing on growing stronger as a player instead of just becoming content with what has been an outstanding start for the teenager.
“The only thing that interests me at the moment is learning as much as possible from Gasperini,”
“I must improve tactically. I came to Italy for this reason. I think that this is the best league in the world from a tactical point of view.
“Here, a young guy learns more about the game, especially from a defensive perspective.”
Kessie also underlined his desire to stay with Atalanta for the time being.
“I’m not thinking about the future,” he told the Bergamo Post. “I think only of the present and my present is Atalanta. I want to do well here in Bergamo.”
Despite being an evidently confident and reasonably level-headed young man, the temptation of a move to the Premier League under the tutelage of Wenger may prove too strong a lure for Kessie, who certainly seems to be worth watching this season.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.