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Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2017

Atalanta and Ivory Coast star Franck Kessie has been recommended to Jose Mourinho by international team-mate and Manchester United defender Eric Bailly. 

That’s according to an exclusive from The Sun‘s Daniel Cutts, who relayed the following from an unnamed United source: “Bailly has flagged his international pal Kessie to the club. He thinks he could be the new Yaya [Toure]. He was watched during the Africa Cup of Nations, and they like what they see. There [are] other clubs looking at him as well.”

Kessie only turned 20 in December but has established himself as a key component in La Dea’s midfield this season.

A powerful and dynamic box-to-box midfielder, he uses his intelligence, impressive physical strength and dribbling skills to make driving runs forward and an impact in the final third for his side.

When combined with his speed over the turf and excellent work rate, he’s a highly mobile presence in the centre of the park.

You can see Kessie put those skills into practice in a selection of his highlights:

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