Chelsea face Premier League competition for Atalanta midfielder – report

Everton have a £15m bid rejected for Franck Kessie as Chelsea retain an interest in the Atalanta midfielder, say reports in Italy

Everton have failed with a bid for Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie amid interest from Chelsea, according to reports in Italy.

Gianlucadimarzio.com are reporting that the Toffees had a £15m bid rejected for the Ivory Coast international as Ronald Koeman looked to steal a march on their Premier League rivals Chelsea.

The same article states that Chelsea are interested in the midfielder but won’t make a move until the summer transfer window.

Kessie has established himself as one of the most-exciting players in Serie A after a return of six goals and one assist in 17 appearances in the Italian top flight this term.

Chelsea are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and five points clear of second-placed Liverpool in the title race.

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Antonio Conte raided Serie A in the summer transfer window after the Chelsea manager signed Marcos Alonso in a £19m deal from Fiorentina.

The Blues manager recalled Nathan Ake from his loan spell at Bournemouth at the weekend.

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