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RUMOURS: Kessie set for Man Utd or Chelsea as Juve pull out

14:29 GMT+4 15/01/2017
Franck Kessie Atalanta Torino Serie A
The Serie A champions are no longer interested in pursuing the Atalanta midfielder, leaving the English giants to battle it out for his signature

Highly-coveted midfielder Franck Kessie looks destined for the Premier League after Juventus withdrew their interest, according to Calciomercato.

The Serie A champions, alongside Manchester United and Chelsea, were seen as one of the leading contenders to sign the 20-year-old Atalanta star, who has scored six goals in 16 league games this season. However, Massimiliano Allegri's side have pulled out of the race, leaving the English sides to battle it out. 

United are expected to step up their interest, while Chelsea are said to have made a bid over €20 million already.

Kessie is not expected to move in January, but a deal could be agreed this month that sees him stay in Bergamo for the remainder of the season before going at the end of the season.