‘Kessie would make Roma stronger’


AS Roma manager Luciano Spalletti did little to downplay links of a bid for Atalanta star Franck Kessié by saying that the Ivorian would improve his team.

The 20-year-old Côte d’Ivoire international has reportedly been the subject of a bid from the Giallorossi, as has Argentine forward Alejandro %u2018Papu’ Gomez.

“Kessié is strong, so if Roma were to buy him we’d have the chance to become even stronger.

“I looked at Papu during my time at Zenit, I like him and if there had been a chance I’d have wanted him. We’re happy with what we have.

“You can see the quality of Atalanta’s set-up, they’re able to identify good players and they’ve already sold a couple, maybe another three or four. Congratulations to them.”