RUMOURS: Chelsea lead race for rising Serie A star

Antonio Conte has been tracking the Ivorian midfielder this season and he could be brought in to replace Oscar, who looks set to leave the club in January

Chelsea are now favourites to land Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie, according Corriere dello Sport​.

The 19-year-old has attracted interest from a number of European clubs including Manchester City and Manchester United, while Everton are also said to be keen.

Kessie’s five goals from midfield have helped Atalanta climb to sixth in the Serie A table and have seen his reputation in Italy rise considerably, with Italian champions Juventus reportedly among his Serie A admirers.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, however, has been tracking the midfielder for some time and there could be an opening in his midfield on the back of Oscar’s proposed move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.