Former AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie is reportedly frustrated with lack of playing time at Barcelona and has been offered to the Rossoneri’s Serie A bitter rivals, Inter.
According to Corriere dello Sport, the Ivory Coast international is unhappy in Catalonia after making the switch from Milan on a free transfer in the summer, having only featured seven times in LaLiga this season.
The former Atalanta midfielder is believed to be seeking a way out in January, prompting his agent to propose a return to Serie A with Inter.
Inter’s conditions for a move
Whilst Inter have not ruled out an approach for Kessie, Nerazzurri Sporting Director Piero Ausilio has set two conditions for a move to be facilitated.
Firstly, with the Biscione looking to cut costs this term, Ausilio will only sanction a move for Kessie if Barcelona agree to release him on loan until the end of the season, rather than push for a transfer outright.
In addition to this, Inter would require the Blaugrana to cover some of Kessie‘s €6.5 million wages, with the Nerazzurri unwilling to fund the Ivorian’s salary in full.
Kessie’s Milan history
Having arrived at the Stadio San Siro from Atalanta on an initial loan in 2017, Kessie established himself as a key figure for Milan and was instrumental in their Scudetto success last season.
The 25-year-old scored 39 goals in 224 appearances for the Rossoneri across his stint with the club and was named in Serie A’s team of the season in 2020-21, after a series of dominant displays from midfield.
His switch to Barcelona has been far less successful, with just 485 minutes of competitive football across La Liga and the Champions League this season.