In an official statement, FC Barcelona have confirmed that they have reached an agreement for the sale of midfielder Franck Kessie to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli.
“FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli SC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Franck Kessie for 12.5 million euros,” the statement read.
“FC Barcelona publicly expresses its gratitude to Franck Kessie for his commitment and dedication and wishes him the best of luck and success in the future.”
Kessie had joined Barcelona only last summer, arriving as a free agent from AC Milan.
The midfielder went on to make 43 appearances in his debut season for Barça, scoring and assisting three goals apiece in all competitions.
The most memorable contribution by the Ivorian will be the winning goal he scored in the El Clasico in La Liga in March, which helped the team take a step closer to winning the title.
With the addition of Ilkay Gundogan and Oriol Romeu, Kessie would not have featured much in the coming season and the club needed to generate revenue from player sales.
As such, the former AC Milan star was told to find himself a new club and he has now signed for Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia, in a deal worth €12.5 million.
The midfielder was in Barcelona earlier today and met with his teammates at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper to say goodbye before flying to Saudi Arabia.
Kessie’s exit, coupled with the imminent departure of Ousmane Dembele, should help Barcelona ensure the registration of the new signings and the contract renewals.