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The Bianconeri have reportedly already lined up an alternative to Axel Witsel should Zenit continue to play hardball over a transfer.

After the transfer debacle that occurred over the summer where Axel Witsel went from being almost a sure-bet Bianconero to ending up on a return flight to Russia, Juventus are putting together a Plan B should their renewed push for the Belgian falls flat once again. According to Mediaset, Atlanta’s prized midfielder, Franck Kessie, has caught the eye of many around Europe, including the Juventus brass who have etched his name at the top of their transfer shortlist.

The young Ivorian has been one of the standout performers for La Dea and with the club flying high in the upper half of the table, it is only normal that the world will begin to play closer attention. Athletic, strong in challenges and a superb passing vision beyond his age, Kessie could be the right fit to anchor Juventus’ midfield for years to come. However, when such a talent’s stock continues to rise, so does the number of suitors. Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked in the past and it is reported that Bayern Munich are also keeping close tabs on the midfielder. For Juventus and any other club looking to pry him away from Gasperini’s squad, it will cost them around €15 million.

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