It starts with the usual speculation. Then the Spanish media (AS, Cadenas Serre, several Catalan portals) came forward, claiming that the agreement had fallen, and now confirmation is coming from Italy as well. Reliable Di Marzio reports that Franck Kessie successfully passed the medical examinations in Lugano a few days ago, that he extended his hand to the leaders of Barcelona as a sign of an oral agreement, and that he will sign a pre-agreement with the Catalan giant in the coming days.
The same source reveals that the representative of the Ivory Coast will initial a four-year contract with the Catalans, ie that he will earn a net salary of 7,000,000 euros a year. This figure also includes easily achievable bonuses.
Kessie's contract with Milan expires at the end of June when he officially becomes a free agent. Negotiations with the Rossoneri over a new one lasted several months but were unsuccessful because the two sides were not ready to compromise.
The player's representatives demanded a multiple salary increase (he currently earns 2,200,000) and around 10,000,000 euros in the name of his own commission. Paolo Maldini did not agree to blackmail and, as in the cases of Donnarumma and Hakan Calhanoglu, he decided to show Kessie the exit door.
The midfielder affirmed in Atalanta arrived at the San Siro 2017 for 34,000,000 euros (including an expensive loan), played a total of 214 games, scored 36 and scored 16 goals. This will not be a small blow for the seven-time European champion - neither in terms of players nor finances - but it is obvious that Maldini has decided to bring order to the club.
Restore his dignity and put him on his feet.
Let us remind you, Tottenham and Arsenal also showed interest in Kessie. But it turned out that Barça was the most concrete. And probably the fastest. Coach Xavi Hernandez especially insisted on bringing in the Milan player, who believes that Kessie is exactly the piece of the puzzle in the midfield that the team needs to attack all the trophies next season.
This is the sixth player to replace San Siro for Camp Nou. Spanish media state that it is only a matter of days when Andreas Christensen will join him. The Chelsea defender almost agreed everything with the Catalans, it remains to sign the pre-agreement.
A lso, one of the players with whom Barça is in advanced negotiations is the right-back of Ajax, Mazraoui, who was offered a salary of 5,000,000 euros. Both Christensen and Mazraoui, like Kessie, arrive as free agents. Great job Barcelona.