The battle for Atalanta’s highly promising young midfielder Franck Kessié is shaping up to be a doozy. The 20-year-old was heavily linked with several teams in January already, including Chelsea and Manchester United and Juventus and just about every other big team out there, and his agent is certainly expecting to be a busy man this summer. “There are at least 20 clubs following the lad, including the best in Europe.” At least! Napoli are just the latest name to be thrown into the hat apparently, but whoever wins the the honor of Kessie’s signature in the end, will have to pay up a fair amount. “Aurelio De Laurentiis? We haven’t spoken to him yet. We’ll talk about the transfer market in June.
Who do you figure has the largest football scouting network in the world? A giant like Juventus with their huge amount of loaned out players; the Pozzo family in charge of Udinese and Watford; Chelsea’s army of feeder clubs; or Barcelona as part of their renowned youth system? The answer is none of the above. Instead it’s the computer game, Football Manager. The game has a huge network of over 1300 scouts spread over 51 countries all around the World and the game has more than 300,000 players in its database. The ability of the FM database to predict the future superstars is world famous and players such as Wayne Rooney, Paulo Dybala and Mateo Kovacic were wonderkids in FM, well before anyone