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Juventus target Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie

November 25, 2016 - 9:26 am

Juventus are targeting Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie but may face opposition from Manchester United.

Speaking to RadioVS yesterday, transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano suggested that Kessie is a transfer target for the Bianconeri next summer:


Alfredo Pedulla has also reported via his website that interest is growing in the 19-year-old who is enjoying a stellar season in Serie A with Atalanta.

The Ivorian midfielder was initially valued at €10m but given his strong start to the campaign, however Atalanta are now looking for double that figure, accepting no less than €20m.

Manchester United are also reportedly interested in the versatile player but will face strong opposition from the Bianconeri who are keeping a close eye on the talent who has scored five goals in 11 appearances for La Dea.


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    Mikkel Andersen November 25, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Get him NOW Juve. Then get rid of Sturaro and Hernanes. Asamoah and Lemina must step up, or be sold in the future. We need two quality midfielders and another winger similar to Sandro. Cuadrado is up and down.

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      Jas November 25, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      I think Sturaro, Aasamoah, Hernanes are just sub par for Juventus. If we want to jump to that elite club level, we need to start getting rid of fringe players.

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        thegutterpoet November 26, 2016 at 1:12 am

        Sturaro has not yet even managed to play the equivalent of 3 full games due to his injury issues and you are writing him off as sub par, comrade…after is solid form of the last two seasons. By that kind of logic, we best sell marchisio, pjanic, chiellini, lichsteiner, khedira, lemina, mandragora! Players given far more minutes than Stefano have been equally if not more disappointing…

        Without Hernanes our season would be far less successful than it has been.

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          Mikkel Andersen November 26, 2016 at 2:18 pm

          No way he is nearly as good as the other players. NOT even close!

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            BelgianJuventino November 26, 2016 at 2:59 pm

            Have you seen him play last season? He was great. He is only just getting back and can most certainly become a key member of the squad

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            Mikkel Andersen November 26, 2016 at 5:26 pm

            He offers little to none creativity and looses the ball to easily. A good fighter, but no better than Padoin.

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            BelgianJuventino November 26, 2016 at 7:57 pm

            Oh my friend, that is not at all true. Not creative indeed, but he isnt a playmaker – he’s an enforcer. He has a good long shot though. He wins balls and duels, brings physical prowess few others in the squad possess and is always available for passes. Plus he is a fighter to the bone. Very similar to Gattuso, though obviously not exactly the same, there are differences in characteristics.

            He has been shaky so far due to his injury that took him out of the game for months, which is understandable for any player.

            He is vastly superior to Padoin in skills.

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            Mikkel Andersen November 26, 2016 at 8:14 pm

            Well, different eyes, different opinions =)

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            BelgianJuventino November 26, 2016 at 8:24 pm

            Indeed! Bu in any case, Kessie isnt ready for Juve now

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            thegutterpoet November 27, 2016 at 8:41 am

            I was highlighting that others have been rather poor this year, and of those I mentioned, only Lemina I would be not at all bothered to see the back of.

            He is one of few players with huge grinta, who always shows, and is lively at both ends of the field. I prefer to give a player more than 2-3 outings after long term injury to make a judgement, and Sturaro has banked up a fair amount of respect for his efforts of recent campaigns.

            He is also our only natural box to box midfielder and…maybe you missed him last season?


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          Yulio Difelani, R. November 28, 2016 at 8:38 am

          Finally someone’s saying good thing on Sturaro ! I really like him, this Juve’s midfield really lack of power and strength, and I really think eventually (if given the playtime) he’ll do good for us.

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      BelgianJuventino November 26, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Then Kessie plays bad for two games and people will call him a fringe player too and ask for him to be sold.

      Sturaro is working back to fitness and Hernanes has been a solid replacement for Marchisio so far.

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      RAC November 28, 2016 at 3:21 am

      I agree on bringing in kessie and offloading someone. I feel like he is the real deal. Hernanes doesn’t deserve the amount of criticism he receives, and has become our only reliable substitute for marchisio, but is apparently moving to genoa so there you go. Asamoah should probably move on after this season as well. He is too young to be relegated to the bench of a team vastly superior to his skill set. As for sturaro and lemina, they have both had good and bad moments. I am more of a lemina fan, but have been convinced that he should be relegated to backup mezzala rather than regista. In truth i think they are both at pretty much the same level, with sturaro being preferred by many juventini for his nationality, and lemina being preferred by allegri and myself for god knows what reason. They should both stay.

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    Juveway November 25, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Kessie over witsel anyday.kessie can also cover wide areas or play as a wide midfielder so if we want to play 4-4-2 with cuadrado on the right he can provide that tactical versitality

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      Mikkel Andersen November 26, 2016 at 2:19 pm


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      BelgianJuventino November 26, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Disagreed, Witsel is far more proven than Kessie