According to the Metro Chelsea are expected to miss out on Franck Kessie as the midfielder nears a £25.7 move to Roma.
The Atalanta star’s agent, George Atangana, was spotted in Milan where he is holding talks with Roma over the pending transfer.
The Blues have been in pursuit of the 20 year-old for some time, with reports of a £28m offer for the midfielder turned down by Atalanta.
However, it seems Roma have twisted Atalanta’s reluctant arm enough to land their man. According to reports in Italy, the Ivory Coast international will remain with Atalanta until the end of the campaign before switching to the Italian giants in the summer.
Kessie’s powerful box to box attributes have likened him to Manchester City’s Yaya Toure. The Ivorian has provided seven goals and two assists in 17 competitive games since joining Atalanta in 2015.
It’s another deadline day flop for Chelsea. The Blues also failed to lure Inter forward Jonathan Biabiany to West London.