Chelsea have been linked with Kessie this month and were supposedly eyeing a deal worth around £21million.
Atalanta don’t want to sell their star man and are aware that Paris Saint-Germain are also keen on a deal.
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And Italian newspaper Il Messaggero claim the two super-rich clubs are making it difficult for another suitor – Roma – to negotiate with Atalanta.
According to the report, Roma were set on landing Kessie in this month’s transfer market but Atalanta’s demands have risen so high they will instead wait until the summer.
It is claimed Atalanta are being ’greedy’ as they now want upwards of £21.3m for the 20-year-old.
Chelsea, PSG and Roma want to sign Atalanta star Franck Kessie
Atalanta supposedly want £21.3m for Kessie and want him back for next season
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They also want to do the deal at the end of the season and insist on him being loaned back to the club until the summer of 2018.
Roma do not have those sorts of funds – they are said to have £12.8m in the bank – and are seeking a midfielder now rather than at the end of the campaign.