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Barcelona reject Galatasaray’s loan-to-buy offer for midfielder, want to sell for €30 million

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Just a while after reports emerged claiming that Franck Kessie had agreed to leave Barcelona this summer, speculations over his future are starting to pick up again.

Indeed, according to SPORT, Turkish giants Galatasaray have come forward with an offer to sign Kessie this summer on a loan deal with an option to purchase at the end of the season.

However, Barcelona have rejected their proposal as the club only intend to sell the Ivory Coast international permanently.

It has just been a year since Kessie moved to Catalonia, arriving as a free agent from AC Milan. However, game-time had been hard to come by for the 26-year-old in his debut season at the club owing to the intense competition in the midfield department.

In the minutes that he did receive, Kessie showcased his qualities. However, his game-time situation is unlikely to improve this season either, with Ilkay Gundogan arriving. And with Barcelona also needing to make sales owing to their financial situation, an exit appears on the cards.

However, Barça will only consider offers that are for permanent purchase and not the ones like Galatasaray offered, wherein it was proposed that they would take Kessie on loan for a year with an option to sign him permanently. As such, it was swiftly rejected.

The La Liga champions are holding out for a figure of at least €30 million for Kessie, who is attracting some interest from clubs in Saudi Arabia.

New director Deco sees Kessie is a valuable player due to his profile and does not want to undersell him. As such, if offers meeting the Blaugrana’s demands do not arrive, the possibility of Kessie staying put are not ruled out.

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