Spanish giants Barcelona could finally be set to jettison another player on the fringes at the Spotify Camp Nou after Roshn Saudi League outfit Al-Ahli submitted an official bid for Ivorian international midfielder Franck Kessié.
Despite a brilliant seven years in Italy with Atalanta and AC Milan, the 26-year-old Ivorian ultimately failed to truly work his way into the preferred XI in Catalunya while consistently being linked with a move away from Spain’s east coast.
Per football insider Fabrizio Romano, Al-Ahli has dispatched a €15m offer for the player, with Kessié having already agreed to terms surrounding a three-year contract.
With a deal thought to be “very close” to being completed given Barça’s desire to move on from the Ouragahio-born midfielder, it would signal yet another raid on Europe’s top clubs by the PIF-backed Saudi market assault.
Thus far, Al-Ahli has secured the services of Riyad Mahrez, Allan Saint-Maximin, Édouard Mendy, and Roberto Firmino for a total of around €80m, while also securing the services of highly-touted young German manager Matthias Jaissle from Red Bull Salzburg.
And there could be no better time to jettison Kessié than this summer if you are Barça boss Xavi Hernándes, either, after the club brought in both German veteran star midfielder İlkay Gündoğan as well as Oriol Romeu from Girona, adding the duo to Spanish starlet pair Gavi and Pedri, as well as Dutch international Frenkie de Jong.
Should Barça ultimately sell, it would see the club bank nearly €50m in sales after minimal spending on incomings as the club tries to settle its financial issues one step at a time.