Franck Kessie: Barcelona and Al Ahli agreed for the transfer of the Ivorian Midfielder.
Franck Kessie, a Barcelona midfielder, will continue his career in Saudi Arabia.
Fabrizio Romano claims that Barcelona and Al Ahli Jeddah have verbally agreed to buy midfielder for about €15 million.
The agreement will most likely conclude shortly after the teams examine the paperwork.
Kessie has agreed to terms with the Saudi club until 2026.
Frank joined Barcelona on a free transfer from AC Milan last summer. He won the championship and the Spanish Super Cup with the Catalans.
The Ivorian scored three goals, assisted three others, and earned six yellow cards in 43 games for the blue garnet.
Edouard Mendy, Roberto Firmino, and Riyad Mahrez will all play for Al-Ahly. Red Bull Salzburg’s Matthias Jaissle has been named as the head coach.
Franck Kessie to leave Laliga and join Saudi Pro League?
Franck Kessie is close to completing a €15 million (£12.9 million) move to Saudi Arabian side Al Ahli.
The Ivory Coast international, who joined Barcelona on a free transfer from AC Milan last summer. He did not feature in his team’s final two pre-season games, with Barcelona actively seeking to trade him since the beginning of the summer.
Talks over a move to the Saudi Pro League fell down last month after both parties were unable to reach an agreement. After Barcelona’s pre-season tour concluded, talks re-opened, and the midfielder is reportedly ready to join the Saudi club.
There was much interest from Italy, where Kessie spent the first eight years of his professional career. But the player ruled out a return to Serie A, believing that this chapter would be closed once he departed Milan in 2022. Several Premier League clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur, were also in interest to sign him previously.
He was informed that he will probably play a smaller role for the upcoming season due to the signing of Ilkay Gundogan earlier this summer.
The midfielder, who was already dissatisfied with his playing time during his first season with the club, was open to a move as long as wage demands were met.
Kessie will be the second key loss from Xavi’s squad, following the probable departure of Ousmane Dembele to Paris Saint-Germain.