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Barcelona star Franck Kessie on Chelsea’s summer wishlist – report

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According to a report from Relevo, Barcelona midfielder Franck Kessie has popped up as a possible summer transfer target for Premier League giants Chelsea.

The 26-year-old midfielder has been made available for a transfer by the Blaugrana as they look to raise capital from player sales and reduce their salary mass.

Kessie is attracting significant interest from Saudi Arabia, with Al Ahli even tabling a €20 million offer for the Barcelona star.

But the Catalans are understood to be looking for around €30 million for their midfielder and there is an expectation that Al Ahli will make an improved offer soon.

Kessie, for his part, has maintained that he wishes to stay at Barça and succeed at the club. However, given his reduced role and the club’s need for a financial boost, a sale is not off the table.

And now Chelsea, too, are understood to have shown an interest in Kessie. The Blues have lost midfielders like N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer and could lose the likes of Conor Gallagher and Mason Mount in the coming weeks.

As such, more reinforcements are needed in the centre of the park and Kessie is a player that new Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino likes a lot.

In case Kessie does accept his fate and decide to leave Barcelona, a move to Chelsea could certainly appeal to the player despite the lack of European football on offer next season.

Furthermore, the Blues would also be in a position to offer him a lucrative contract like Al Ahli, who are said to have sent a proposal worth €10 million per season to the Ivorian.

As of now, there has been no movement from the Blues, but Kessie is a player that is on Pochettino’s list. Much will depend on Chelsea’s pursuit of other midfield targets such as Moises Caicedo.

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