Chelsea could be priced out of move for Franck Kessie by top competition

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Chelsea’s interest in Franck Kessie, while still lacking any real basis in fact so far, had seemed like one of the more logical rumours of the last few weeks.

Not only does he play in a position that the Blues are going to be particularly short in once Oscar moves to China, he also plays for a smaller club and would not require an absurd and unrealistically massive bid to buy in January.

Calcio Mercato had the fee at £20m, which seems sensible and is good news for Chelsea fans who like seeing their team get a bargain. However there is bad news in that report too: as revealed here yesterday too, Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus also want the midfielder.

Competing with Tottenham for players in the past has not been much of a problem for Chelsea – just ask Willian. But Juve rarely fail to get the players they want from Serie A. Either way, the fact is that interest from other top teams will only serve to raise the player’s price and any potential wage demands too – perhaps beyond what Chelsea are willing to pay.

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