Barcelona’s desire to join their squad is no secret.
The Catalan giants had a terrible summer, losing many of their marquee players – Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann included – to financial ruin from years of mismanagement and questionable decision-making.
The effect is devastating on the pitch, especially in the Champions League, and is likely to cost Ronald Koeman – the most pressured manager in the world – his job in the next few weeks.
But despite all of this, there are plans to revitalize and revitalize Barcelona.
The next 12 to 18 months – and possibly longer – will no doubt be tough, but there is a core ideology to build around a number of young college graduates. The likes of Pedri, Ansu Fati and Gavi are expected to become superstars of the game.
But there are also investment opportunities, especially in the free transfer market. One name that keeps coming up is that of Franck Kessie, who rose to prominence after some outstanding years in Serie A at AC Milan.
He doesn’t have a contract with San Siro next summer and, for one miracle, will almost certainly be leaving the fashion capital of the world for new paths.
90min understands that Kessie wants the next step to be in the Premier League – Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton and Leicester have all asked to be kept up to date on his situation – but his options are wide-ranging .
Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid have also made inquiries, but leading Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo is convinced that Kessie holds the key to Barcelona’s future.
He is physically strong and has shown great energy and variety in his game during his time for Milan and has become known as one of the rounder and most complete midfielders in Europe. 13 goals in Serie A last season testify to this.
If Kessie were under contract longer, you’d have to pay a transfer fee of 60 million euros or more – that’s how good he is. For Barcelona alone that makes him an attractive prospect as there is a potential resale value should it ever come to that.
There is also an option to make Frenkie de Jong’s position a deeper playmaker who is also able to interrupt play and reclaim the ball. A mobile Sergio Busquets with extra quality, if you will.
That would allow Kessie to keep growing forward, which Barcelona might actually be looking for after losing talented Ilaix Moriba to RB Leipzig this summer.
Is it a closed deal? Absolutely not. But Barcelona are certainly in the mix and can take an approach in January. All you have to do is convince Kessie that the richness of the Premier League can be surpassed by the glamor and allure of the game at Camp Nou.