Kessie flattered by Chelsea interest, Conte eyes summer swoop

Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their quest to sign Franck Kessie from Atalanta as the Blues target revealed he’s flattered by the interest of the Premier League leaders, The Evening Standard reports.

What’s the word?

20-year-old Ivory Coast international Franck Kessie has excelled with Atalanta this season, scoring six goals, and has seen interest in his services rise significantly- with Chelsea, Arsenal, Roma and Manchester United eyeing his signature.

Atalanta, who sit fifth in the Serie A standings and are vying for a spot in European football next term, will find it difficult to keep hold of Kessie’s services this summer as top-sides eye a swoop- and Kessie has given interested clubs a boost in their pursuit.

Chelsea, who are said to be plotting a swoop this summer, are regarded as the favourites for Kessie’s signature alongside Roma and the comments from the youngster will have gone down very well in West London.

What was said?

Quoted by The Evening Standard, Kessie has discussed interest from top-sides in Europe but also made it clear how much he’s enjoying life with his current side.

“I am very flattered that clubs of this level are interested in me. This proves that I’m having a good season, that I continue to progress. I don’t want to go too fast.”

“I don’t know if my club has received any offers. I’m under contract. We’ll see if we need to discuss anything. I like Bergamo. The city is nice, quiet, and I appreciate life in Italy, where I was well received.”

Should he move?

Kessie will face a big decision on his future this summer, particularly if Atalanta are successful in their push for continental qualification. Currently sat fifth, within the Europa League spots, Atalanta are just one point above Lazio and must fight AC Milan and Fiorentina for a top-five spot.

If Atalanta fail to achieve their aim, then the chances of Kessie moving on this summer will intensify. However, if they do reach the Europa League then the youngster should seriously considering remaining with his current employers for another season.

At Chelsea, and the rest of the interested clubs for that matter, Kessie will find chances of first-team football difficult to come by and that could hinder his development. Staying at Atalanta, meanwhile, could help him further his abilities in the coming years.