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Franck Kessie of AC Milan has received a bid from Barcelona.
Barcelona is progressing swiftly under new coach Xavi, particularly after signing four new players in the January transfer window, but the club is already looking forward to the summer.
The Catalan giants have made an offer for soon-to-be free agent Franck Kessie, who looks likely to leave AC Milan when his contract expires at the end of the season, according to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
Barcelona has made a “major contract” offer worth €6.5 million per year to the 25-year-old midfielder after strengthening their interest in him. The Catalans are said to be “the closest club” to signing Kessie, and are waiting for his decision.
According to Adrian Fernandez of Diario Sport, Kessie has already informed AC Milan that he would not be remaining at the San Siro after five years with the Rossoneri and will look for a new club.
“Playing at the Camp Nou seduces him,” the midfielder admits, adding that he wants to know his fate “as soon as possible.” Kessie joined AC Milan from Serie A rivals Atalanta for €25 million in 2019 and has made 163 Serie A appearances for the club, scoring 34 times.
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Barcelona’s Midfield Possibilities
Given the abundance of quality midfielders presently available to Xavi, talk that Barcelona would make a move for Kessie is quite surprising. Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Gavi, and Nico Gonzalez are all available to the coach and have had good seasons.
On addition to Sergi Roberto and Riqui Puig, Xavi has Sergi Roberto and Riqui Puig in his squad, however their futures are uncertain. Roberto’s contract is up in the summer, and Puig, who has battled for playing time once again this season, might be tempted to go.
Kessie would be in for a hard struggle for a few minutes if he came, but it’s worth recalling that Xavi will need a replacement for Busquets shortly. The skipper will be 34 in July, and his contract will expire in 2023.
Is Busquets on his way to the Premier League?
Busquets’ future has already been speculated on, with rumours claiming that he may return to Major League Soccer to finish his career.
According to Onze, Busquets is considering rejoining with former Barcelona teammates Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi at David Beckham’s Inter Miami before hanging up his boots.
According to trade expert Fabrizio Romano, Inter Miami isn’t the only club interested in bringing Busquets to Major League Soccer.
Since July 2021, MLS clubs have been courting Sergio Busquets. He decided to wait and turn down the initial offers since he just wanted to stay at Barça. #FCB #FCB #FCB #FCB #FCB #FCB #FCB #FCB #FCB #FCB #FCB #FCB #
…but MLS clubs will try again to tempt Busquets, in particular Inter Miami – as expected & confirmed by @xavicampos ⤵️ https://t.co/nOikQdmWeW
Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) on February 25, 2022
Even if Busquets’ time at the club is nearing to an end, the future of Barcelona’s midfield seems to be in good hands. This season, both Gavi and Pedri, both teens, have been praised, while Nico is also pushing for a starting berth.
Coach Xavi likened Pedri to former colleague Andres Iniesta after Barcelona’s 4-0 win against Athletic on Sunday, February 27, and expressed his admiration for the 19-year-old.
“If we’re talking about pure talent, Pedri is the best in the world,” he told reporters at the Camp Nou. He’s a terrific player. “I’ve never seen someone with his talent.”
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