Franck Kessie is reportedly weighing up the possibility of leaving Barcelona despite only joining the Blaugrana in the summer transfer window.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Franck Kessie is considering his future at FC Barcelona. The 25-year-old joined the Blaugrana in the summer transfer window but is unhappy about his situation. And a departure in 2023 might be on the cards for the midfielder.
Franck Kessie was one of the first summer signings for Barcelona this year, and the Ivorian might have had hope for a bright future. With Frenkie de Jong being in a spot of bother at Camp Nou, Kessie might have fancied his prospects for the 2022/23 season. But the player has struggled to establish a foothold at the Catalan club.
The 25-year-old has started only four of the 17 games played by Barcelona this season, garnering 418 minutes of game time. The Ivory Coast international is behind Pedri, Gavi, Sergio Busquets, and de Jong in the pecking order. And his situation will unlikely improve unless there are multiple departures from the midfield unit.
The situation might not improve even then, with Barcelona in the market for a midfield signing. Recent reports have claimed that the Catalan giants are interested in Newcastle United talisman Bruno Guimaraes.
So Kessie finds himself between a rock and a hard place at FC Barcelona as things stand. And it is hardly surprising that the 25-year-old is considering his future at Camp Nou. Interestingly, his next destination could be AC Milan.
The report claims that AC Milan will be open to re-signing Kessie in 2023, even though he exited San Siro as a free agent. The Serie A champions have fond memories of the Ivorian midfielder, who had been their talisman for several years.
Kessie was instrumental in AC Milan’s rise to the top of Italian football, inspiring them to win the coveted Scudetto last season. But with the Ivory Coast international currently on a contract with Barcelona until June 30, 2026, the finances of a potential deal might complicate matters.
In addition, the player’s agent has denied rumours of his desire to leave Barcelona. So it will be interesting to see if there is any truth to the speculation about Kessie’s future.