Although Barcelona are still amidst the La Liga season with their imminent coronation yet to take place, the hierarchy continues to work tirelessly out of the spotlight. Approaching the summer transfer window, Laporta and his board are intent on weathering the storm that is related to the Financial Fair Play situation.
The ability to carry out intelligent transactions will be a crucial element in Blaugranes’ quest for a successful summer window. Prioritizing certain exits is bound to clear the path for arrivals as this will particularly mitigate the strain on wages.
One of the players said to be on their way out is Frank Kessie. The Ivorian International has been linked with Inter Milan and appears to be on the watch list of many top European clubs.
With his contract running till 2026, a decent fee can be acquired for the player. Considering Kessie’s minimal play time as of late and conflicts with Xavi’s structure, envisioning an exit is a realistic scenario.
In the event Kessie hits the exit door, Matteo Moretto of RELEVO claims Barcelona are highly interested in the profile of Sofyan Amrabat. The Moroccan international has been rumored to have many admirers at the Catalan club, but to ensure his signing takes shape, an exit will have to be on the cards.
The report argues Barcelona’s pursuit of the Fiorentina man is correlated with Kessie’s departure, dependent on an exit that frees up some space for them.
While Kessie showed great promise over the course of the campaign with his biggest involvement a late Clásico winner, he does not classify as a natural holding midfielder and is vastly similar to the profile of Frenkie de Jong.
Meanwhile, the Blaugranas are lacking a defensive midfielder to rotate with Busquets and complement Frenkie’s adventurous playstyle.
Kessie proved himself as a hot commodity in the Serie A at AC Milan, prior to joining the Catalan giants. Thus Inter’s interest makes sense and increases the possibility of a potential sale.
Kessie is rumored to cost around €28 million, while Amrabat’s price region falls in the same ballpark of around €30-40 million.