Franck Kessie set for Barcelona move

Franck Kessie - AC Milan

AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has reportedly agreed on a move and also completed his medical ahead of joining Barcelona. The midfielder has reportedly rejected a new contract offer from AC Milan and will leave them as a free agent.

Instead, Kessie will play in La Liga for Xavi’s Barcelona team, who are seeking to recover from a difficult period. The transfer was reported by reliable transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano.

Kessie and his Milan Journey.

Franck Kessie was signed by the Rossoneri from Atalanta in 2019. He has made 214 appearances since, scoring 36 and assisting 16. Moreover, he has also made over 50 appearances for Ivory Coast. He has also helped AC Milan in their title charge and for returning to the Champions League.

Milan and Kessie’s contract negotiations have failed to reach a concrete resolution. Moreover, AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli is placing more focus on Ismael Bennacer and Sandro Tonali. So the prospect of letting Kessie go has gained more traction.

Xavi rebuiding Barca.

Last summer, Barcelona went through a difficult period, one that at its worst resulted in Lionel Messi leaving the club for Paris Saint-Germain. Although things have looked grim for some time, they are starting to improve. Barcelona is rediscovering its form since the January signings of Aubameyang and Ferran Torres. They have scored 8 of Barca’s last 12 goals and also played a key role in Sunday night’s 4-0 win in the El Clasico.

Xavi, a former midfielder, has bought Franck Kessie from Ivory Coast for his rebuild. Kessie is a solid midfielder who can play defensively as well as aggressively. He can also score a goal and is a reliable penalty taker. He wasn’t short on attention this summer, especially given that he was available for free, but he looks to have picked Xavi’s side.

According to Romano, Barcelona and AC Milan player Franck Kessie have reached an agreement on a €6.5 million deal. Moreover, the official contracts will be finalized in the coming weeks.

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