Barcelona completed the signing of Kessie on a free transfer after the midfielder chose to run out his contract at AC Milan. The Italian club was rumored to be willing to offer a salary as high as €6.5 million per year. However, Kessie is understood to have held out for a deal worth around €9 million (as per Forbes).
The Spanish club have signed the midfielder on a four-year contract and his release clause is said to be set around €500 million. The player’s presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, July 6.
The Ivory Coast international is expected to add immediate quality to the Blaugrana’s midfield and might be seen as Sergio Busquets’ eventual successor. Kessie is a hard-fighting midfielder who is perfectly capable of running up the ball and scoring the occasional goal.
Fans will be happy with the 25-year old’s commitment, as the midfielder stated that he was not scared of running. He said:
“I’m not afraid of running. It’s something natural for me. I earn a lot of money to sweat on the field. In Africa there are people who walk 30 kilometres every morning for a piece of bread.”
Franck Kessie will add immediate quality and determination to Barcelona midfield
Currently in transition, Barcelona have gone from strength to strength under the leadership of Xavi Hernandez. Multiple senior players are expected to be replaced completely in the coming time, most notably the likes of Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets. With Gavi and Pedri, Barcelona have an established platform to build their midfield upon and the two will be happy to play alongside Franck Kessie.
Kessie is known for his ability to run and cover ground in midfield and is comparable to N’Golo Kante at Chelsea. The midfielder also pops up regularly in attack, scoring seven goals in all competitions last season.
Kessie had an injury-affected season last term, during which he managed 39 appearances across all competitions, starting in 32 of them.
The midfielder scored 14 goals and had four assists in the 2020-21 season across all competitions, which is an impressive tally for a player in his position. His initial interviews suggest that he will add a level of work ethic that is sure to make him a popular figure among Barcelona fans.
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