Inter Milan are interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Franck Kessie. The Ivory Coast international joined the Blaugrana on a Bosman deal from AC Milan during the summer transfer window.
However, he struggled to establish himself in the Blaugrana’s starting XI. The 25-year-old midfielder managed to start just two games in the league this term. He could look to move away from Camp Nou for regular game time during the January window.
According to a report by Corriere Dello Sport(via Sportskeeda), Inter Milan are keen on signing Barcelona midfielder Franck Kessie during the January window. Simone Inzaghi is looking to bolster his midfield after falling 11 points behind league leaders Napoli.
Franck Kessie is among his top targets given his past experience in Serie A. The Ivory Coast international has played for AC Milan and Atalanta in the past. He made 204 appearances in the Italian top division, registering 41 goals and 16 assists.
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Kessie helped AC Milan win the Seria A title last season and was also part of the Serie A Team of the Season 2020-21. He could revive his career after returning to the Italian top division.
However, Barcelona could show reluctance to sell the 25-year-old midfielder. The Blaugrana won’t be able to make the signing in January due to the financial fair play rule. Xavi might look to retain him to provide depth in midfield.
Xavi explains Franck Kessie’s lack of game time
While speaking to the media in October, Xavi explained why Frack Kessie struggled to establish himself in the Blaugrana starting XI.
He said: “Here it’s Barça, so the competition is fierce. He’s training really well, but he’s being a great professional. I’m sure he will get his minutes throughout the season”.
Franck Kessie’s agent George Atangana has also revealed that his client is happy at Barcelona. He said: “He’s really happy at Barcelona — it was his biggest dream to join Barça. Franck’s now adapting to a new football style, Barça & Xavi are happy with him. Kessié won’t leave in January – stories on AC Milan are fake”.
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The Ivory Coast international is behind Sergio Busquests, Pedri, Gavi, and Frankie de Jong in the pecking order at the Bernabeu Stadium. Franck Kessie will look to establish himself in the squad when La Liga resumes after the FIFA World Cup 2022 break.