Roma step up Kessie chase despite Man Utd dream

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Roma are stepping up their efforts to sign in-demand midfielder
Franck Kessie, according to his current club Atalanta.


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Kessie said last month he is dreaming of a move to Manchester
United after Jose Mourinho’s side and Chelsea were both
reported to have an interest in the 20-year-old.

Roma have also been linked with the Ivory Coast international
for some time and Atalanta general manager Luca Percassi has
revealed Luciano Spalletti’s men have made their desire to land
him known.

“Roma are very, very interested in our player Kessie,” he said
to Radio Anch’io.

“Roma are an important team that is interested. They see him as
a versatile player, as he is proving on the pitch every week.

“We have a lot of requests for him and [Alejandro] Gomez.”

Atalanta – who have surprised Serie A this season with a strong
challenge for European qualification – are not worried about
losing their players to bigger clubs, after Mattia Caldara and
Roberto Gagliardini were signed by Juventus and Inter
respectively.

“For us, it is a source of great satisfaction that Atalanta is
a springboard for players to move to the best teams,” added
Percassi.

“We have to respect our means. It would be unnatural for us not
to accept significant transfers. To see Gagliardini going to a
great team is a source of pride and satisfaction for us and
gives strength to our philosophy and the whole environment at
the club.”

United defender Eric Bailly reportedly recommended Kessie to
Mourinho after playing alongside him at the Africa Cup of
Nations.

Kessie said last month: “I love the Premier League and
Manchester United in particular, the team for whom I dream of
playing.”

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