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Barcelona midfielder rejects Juventus’ proposal, wants Premier League move



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Franck Kessie has been the subject of intense transfer speculations of late as Barcelona look to find a way to offload the 26-year-old midfielder.

The Catalans are keen on parting ways with the Ivory Coast international in their bid to address their Financial Fair Play issues.

Juventus have presented themselves as the strongest suitor for Kessie this summer, but as per reports in Italy, as relayed by SPORT, the midfielder has rejected the Bianconeri’s proposal.

Instead, Kessie would prefer to stay at Barcelona or sign for a club in the Premier League, with Tottenham Hotspur showing an interest.

Juventus-Kessie: State of play

Over the past few days, contradicting reports have emerged on the future of Kessie and his possible move to Juventus.

The Serie A giants are understood to have an agreement with Barça over a loan deal with a mandatory purchase option worth €10-15 million.

Furthermore, it has been suggested that the Old Lady have sent in a €7 million per year contract offer to the midfielder, which would make him one of the highest earners at the club.

The aforementioned report from SPORT, however, states that an agreement between the two clubs is not finalised but progress is being made.

Kessie does not want Juventus move. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

However, the final call will rest with Kessie himself, and he does not intend to return to Italy, but instead prefers to join a Premier League club if he is forced to leave Barcelona.

Both the midfielder’s entourage and Barça are convinced that a team from England will make a move and offer the €15 million that the club seek for him right away.

Recent reports have even suggested that Tottenham would be planning to launch a bid for Kessie – an option that appeals to the midfielder.

Juventus, for their part, will continue to push Barcelona for an agreement and hope to convince Kessie to join them.

But, as things stand, the Ivorian prefers to stay in Catalonia or move to the Premier League, with a move to Italy only a secondary option.

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