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Arsenal and Juventus are set to go head to head in the race to sign Atlanta midfielder Franck Kessie, according to reports.
Kessie has been impressive for Atlanta this season and has in turn placed himself on the radar of big clubs.
According to Goal via Football Insider, Juventus have made a £21m bid to sign the midfielder who is also wanted by Arsene Wenger.
The report claims the bid has placed Juve well ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign the midfielder but Atlanta are asking for a higher fee as they believe the player is worth more than what the Italian giants offered.
Arsenal have been monitoring Kessie for a long time, the player’s agent even confirmed Arsenal’s interest in September and now it appears we will now have to step up our pursuit or risk missing out on the Cote d’ivoire international.
Kessie is rated as the next big thing in the Serie A and Juventus see him as a perfect replacement to Paul Pogba.
The midfielder will also be a great signing for Arsenal considering Santi Cazorla’s long term future is up in the air.
The midfielder possesses enough quality and potential to adequately replace Cazorla. Kessie’s energetic and powerful style of play has seen him draw comparisons to Manchester city’s Yaya Toure who has been regarded as one of the Premier League’s best midfielder in recent years.
Kessie has already scored five league goals from his position this season which is a very impressive record and speaks a lot about his quality.
Whether Juventus will beat us to his signature remains to be seen as it is still early days and a lot can change within a short period.