The Atalanta midfielder has also been linked with Arsenal, but the Serie A champions intend to see off interest from the Premier League with a January bid

Juventus are preparing to pip Chelsea and Arsenal to the signature of Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie, according to Calciomercato.

The teenage Ivory Coast international has impressed in Serie A this season, netting five times and providing one assist.

His value is soaring ahead of the winter transfer window, with it expected that he will generate a fee of around £15 million.

Juve intend to head the queue of suitors, much to the disappointment of their transfer rivals from the Premier League, with the Serie A champions prepared to do a deal and leave Kessie to see out the season on loan at Atalanta.


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