Chelsea fail with £27m offer to make midfielder first January signing – report

Chelsea have been left disappointed after failing with a big-money offer for one of Serie A's most-promising players, according to reports

Chelsea have been left disappointed after Atalanta rejected their £27m offer for Franck Kessie, according to reports.

The Daily Star are reporting that the Blues submitted a bid for the highly-rated Ivory Coast international but the offer has been rebuked by the Serie A outfit.

The same article states that Chelsea offered a sum of £21m up front followed by a series of add-ons that would have taken the transfer fee to £27m.

The story goes on to add that the Premier League leaders are facing stiff competition for the midfielder’s signature from a host of English clubs.

Chelsea have made an impressive start to the 2016-17 Premier League campaign after winning 15 of their last 16 top-flight outings.

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Conte signed five players in the summer transfer window following his appointment as Guus Hiddink’s permanent successor.

N’Golo Kante was signed in a £30m deal from Premier League champions Leicester City and has perhaps proven the most-influential of Conte’s new signings.

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