Report: Roma agree €28m deal for Atalanta’s Franck Kessié (Alessandro Paoli) has learned that talks between Roma and Atalanta are now at an advanced stage for the Ivorian midfielder Franck Yannick Kessié.


Talks were previously held up over who would go the other way in part-exchange, but the Giallorossi have decided to eliminate element this entirely as they couldn’t find a suitable candidate whose valuation the Nerazzurri agreed with.

At first they selected the defender Riccardo Marchizza, born in 1998, as the Bergamaschi have an interest in him, but he won’t leave the Giallorossi because of Roma’s high valuation (€5 million).

Instead, Roma will bring Kessié to the capital on a permanent deal in the next transfer window for a fee of €28 million, with €25 million to be paid up front and €3 million to be paid in performance-related bonuses.


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