Reports: Barcelona ready to offer player + €40m to sign Inter superstar

by Hannah Turner
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Barcelona could offer €40m for the services of Franck Kesy and Niccolo Barella, CalcioMercatoWeb reported. A January transfer is not possible, so the swap could take place in the summer.

Impressed by his performances for AC Milan in the 2021/22 season, Barcelona signed Serie A winner Kesy as his free agent last summer. Despite being undeniably talented, Kesy has found it difficult to make regular appearances for Xavi this season.

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The Barça manager continues to rely on the Pedri-Sergio Busquets-Frenky de Jong trio in midfield, leaving Kesy mostly on the bench. Ivory Coast has made 18 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring two goals and providing many assists. He has appeared in six of his eight substitutes in La Liga.

Kesy reportedly wants to play more regularly, but Barcelona is unlikely to allow it. Blaugrana hopes to coordinate player and fight swap deals for Kessie to get someone who fits into Xavi’s system. Inter is reportedly interested in Kesy, and Barcelona wants a cheap deal.

According to CalcioMercatoWeb, Blaugrana wants to bring Euro 2020 winner Barella to the club by offering Nerazzurri Kessi and €40 million. They originally hoped to sign Marcelo Brozovic from Inter, but the Croatian is unwilling to leave.

According to an Italian outlet, Inter has no interest in signing Kesy in exchange for a key player. They consider Barella to be one of Simone Inzaghi’s cornerstones of his project, a non-transferable asset.

The 25-year-old has been in excellent shape for Inter this season, making 24 appearances in all competitions and scoring six goals, and providing seven assists.

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