The Ivorian midfielder has been the talk of the town in recent times, earning rave reviews for his performances in the midfield for Italian side Atalanta. Kessie attracted a lot of interest from various quarters, with Chelsea also heavily linked with a move for the midfielder.
A powerhouse in the middle of the park, Kessie is an all-action box to box midfielder, who contributes immensely in attack, as has been the case for Atalanta this season, having already scored 7 times, and can be equally effective performing his defensive duties, just the right fit for Conte’s system at Chelsea.
Having sold Oscar in the window, there was a scope for bringing in a more suitable replacement and 20-year old Kessie would have been the ideal man despite his tender age. A move in the summer could still be in the pipeline, but signing him in January would have provided a further boost to their cruising campaign.