Liverpool ready to battle Juventus for highly-rated Serie A star – report

Liverpool are lining up a move for Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie, according to reports in Italy

Liverpool are interested in signing Atalanta teenager Franck Kessie, according to reports in Italy.

Corriere dello Sport – as quoted by The Daily Mail – are reporting that the Merseyside outfit have been monitoring the 19-year-old’s performances for Serie A minnows Atalanta in the 2016-17 season so far.

The same article states that the 18-time English champions are preparing to make an £18.5m offer to the Italian club in an attempt to lure the Ivory Coast midfielder to Anfield.

However, the Italian media outlet report that Serie A champions Juventus are also interested in the Ivorian midfielder, who has scored five times in 14 appearances this season.

The Atalanta teenager has already racked up 10 appearances for the Ivory Coast national team after making his debut in a 2-1 win against Sierra Leone in 2014.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp signed seven players in the summer transfer window as the Merseyside outfit looked to improve on an eighth-place finish in their first season under the charismatic German.

The Reds are in third place in the Premier League table.

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