With Barcelona in a desperate situation financially, they needed to make some tough calls and sanction departures this summer. And Franck Kessie was one of the victims of the situation, as he was put on the chopping block even though he joined the club only last year.
The 26-year-old is now on the verge of completing his transfer from Barcelona to Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli in a deal worth €15 million, where he will sign a lucrative contract for three seasons.
Kessie hurt and disappointed by Barcelona
While he is securing a move with a big financial package, Kessie leaves Barcelona with a bitter feeling, reports Sergi Capdevila of SPORT.
The 26-year-old had snubbed interest from several clubs to sign for Barça last year on a free transfer and now feels that the club brought him in only so that they can sell him for a profit.
The Ivory Coast international had always dreamt of playing for the Blaugrana and had no intentions of leaving this summer.
But it became increasingly clear that he would not be playing much under Xavi if he stayed. The report adds that Kessie has barely interacted with Xavi in recent weeks.
As such, Kessie accepted the move to Al-Ahli even though he felt that he deserved a chance at the club after impressing in the second half of the last season and scoring some vital goals for the team – like the one in the Clasico.
In his debut season for Barcelona, Kessie featured 43 times across all competitions for the club, scoring and assisting three goals apiece.
A move to Al-Ahli is all but done and an official announcement is expected to be made soon.