The agent of Franck Kessie admits that Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal are among the Premier League clubs still chasing his client.
The Atalanta midfielder generated plenty of transfer talk ahead of the winter window, with Manchester United and Chelsea also said to be in the hunt.
The 20-year-old has enjoyed an impressive campaign for club and country this season, with the Ivory Coast international reported to be valued at around £26 million.
“There are many overseas clubs interested in him,” George Atangana told Rai Sport on Kessie’s future.
“Manchester City, where his friend Yaya Toure plays in the same role. Liverpool, where their manager Jurgen Klopp knows how to help young players develop.
“Then there’s Arsenal, whose manager is very close to French-speaking players. I have to say they are not the only Premier League clubs who are after him, as there are many more too.”
While interest from England has mounted steadily in Kessie, he is also attracting attention from elsewhere.
It could be that a decision is taken to remain in Italy if any move is made, with Roma considered to be leading the pursuit at present.
Atangana added: “Franck is close to many clubs and close to none.
“I must admit that Roma have the advantage for Kessie, but we haven’t closed a deal yet because there are other top clubs interested who continue calling me.
“There are very few clubs who can afford him, though. I can confirm he’s a good lad, honest and humble. He was brought up well.
“I can’t say how much he is worth, because that is down to Atalanta. I can only say he is a complete player and everywhere you put him, he can do that role.”
Kessie has made 25 appearances for Atalanta this season, netting six goals.
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