In their quest to reinforce the team this summer, Barcelona recognizes the importance of selling players, preferably at substantial prices. However, their plans have encountered a hurdle as the club has recently opted to halt active negotiations for Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie.
This development presents a challenge for the club in their pursuit of strengthening the squad.
Last summer, the 26-year-old Kessie joined the team on a free transfer and showcased commendable performances, particularly in two Clasico matches during the latter half of the season. Despite his contributions, Kessie’s arrival without a key role made him appear expendable to Xavi Hernandez, making him a potential candidate for a lucrative transfer deal.
Change in Circumstances
The impending arrival of Deco has influenced Barcelona’s decision. The Brazilian-Portuguese figure perceives Kessie as a valuable player with a long-term contract, advocating for his retention. In alignment with this, Kessie himself, along with his agents, has expressed a strong desire to remain at the club.
Consequently, Barcelona has determined that Kessie will stay unless an “irrefutable” offer is presented, satisfying both the club and the player. Moreover, the team’s salary limit is not likely to be significantly impacted by Kessie’s departure unless it involves a major sale. Consequently, Barcelona will only entertain offers of €35m or higher.
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Franck Kessie: Prospects for a Transfer
Similar to Barcelona’s attempt to sell Franck Kessie in May, this recent decision is unlikely to yield substantial consequences.
Kessie has consistently maintained his commitment to the Blaugrana and shown no inclination to leave. Until his stance changes, the possibility of a transfer remains highly unlikely.
As Barcelona weighs its options for squad reinforcement, the future of Franck Kessie hangs in the balance. With the player’s strong desire to remain at the club and Barcelona’s decision to keep him, a substantial offer will be required to sway the outcome.
Only time will tell if Kessie’s tenure at Barcelona will continue or if unforeseen circumstances will prompt a departure.