Discussions are continuing between the Serie A champions and Atalanta regarding the Ivorian midfielder, but the Reds are also stepping up their interest

Juventus and Atalanta are in talks over the possible transfer of Franck Kessie, but Liverpool have upped their interest with the player’s agent reported to be heading to Merseyside.

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The 19-year-old has attracted interest from around Europe and Juventus are leading the chase, with the Serie A champions also keen on his team-mate Mattia Caldara.

Recent meetings in Milan have so far failed to provide a suitable arrangement between the two clubs, with a difference in their respective valuations of Kessie.

Atalanta are keen to hang on to their best players until the end of the season, but are reported to be ready to consider offers next summer.

Reports have also claimed that Kessie’s agent is due in Liverpool in the coming days to hold talks over a potential move to the Premier League.