Tottenham have become the first club to make an attempt to sign Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie by submitting an official bid, according to Italian publication, Calciomercato.
The offer, understood to be in the region of €23m, is likely to place other Premier League clubs on high alert, including Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea who have all been linked with the player.
20-year-old Kessie has made a fantastic start to the Serie A season, scoring six goals and making two assists in 16 appearances.
The Ivory Coast international joined the Italian outfit from Stella Club in 2015 and then went out on-loan to Serie B side Cesena. He is currently in his first full season with Atlanta, and it is thought that only a special offer would be enough for the club to sell the youngster.
It is understood that Kessie would personally favour a move to Manchester United, after admitting wanting to play for the 20-time English champions, but it is Tottenham who appear to have made the first move for the player and are testing Atalanta’s resolve.
“Now I want to learn Italian tactics but in the future, I like the Premier League. I’d like to play for Manchester United. I don’t know if [Jose] Mourinho will be there, but Manchester United has always been my favourite team,” the midfielder said as quoted by ESPN.
Tottenham may face strong competition to sign the player, after the player’s agent revealed their rivals Arsenal had been scouting his client.
He told Goal: “They [Arsenal] were here in Italy to watch him. Arsenal are a good team but there are a lot of teams interested in him so they’re not the only possible destination.”
Kessie, who cites Yaya Toure and Michael Essien as his idols, certainly seems to have made waves in Italy, but now must decide in which current to follow for the next step of his career.