Barcelona ‘offer Franck Kessie Inter Milan’ – just SIX MONTHS after his move

Barcelona ‘offer Franck Kessie to Inter Milan’ – just SIX MONTHS after the midfielder’s summer arrival – as they seek a swap deal for Croatia’s Marcelo Brozovic… but the Italians are ‘uncertain about the move’

  • Barcelona have reportedly offered midfielder Franck Kessie to Inter Milan
  • The news comes just six months after the Ivory Coast international’s arrival in July
  • The Spaniards want to swap Kessie for Inter’s Croatian star Marcelo Brozovic
  • Simone Inzaghi’s Italy side are said to be unsure about the potential move

According to reports from Italy, Barcelona have proposed a swap deal that will see Franck Kessie sent to Inter Milan and Marcelo Brozovic the other way from Inter.

Former AC Milan midfielder Kessie only joined Barca from AC Milan in July six months ago but the Spanish giants are already trying to land him.

And according to Sky Sports Italy, the two clubs are discussing a potential swap via intermediaries – but Inter Milan are unsure about the move despite liking the Ivorian.

Barcelona have reportedly offered Franck Kessie Inter Milan in exchange for Marcelo Brozovic

Barcelona have reportedly offered Franck Kessie Inter Milan in exchange for Marcelo Brozovic

The Italian side are said to be unsure whether Kessie is capable of replacing playmaker Brozovic

The Italian side are said to be unsure whether Kessie is capable of replacing playmaker Brozovic

Despite both playing in central midfield, Inter are said to have concerns about Kessie’s ability to replace Brozovic’s style of play as Kessie is less technically gifted than Croatian playmaker Brozovic.

Simone Inzaghi’s Italy side are fond of Kessie but not necessarily as a replacement for Brozovic and could even seek a separate deal for the 26-year-old, although a swap would mean financial benefits for both clubs.

Kristjan Asllani, 20, on loan at Inter with an obligation to buy, is the long-term creative replacement for Brozovic in the Nerazzurri’s midfield but is not considered quite ready to take on the regular role.

Xavi's Barca side are looking to sell Kessie just six months after the Ivorian's arrival in July 2022

Xavi’s Barca side are looking to sell Kessie just six months after the Ivorian’s arrival in July 2022

Kessie is experiencing a sustained spell away from the starting team for the first time in his career, with just eight La Liga appearances all season.

Brozovic, 30, is still recovering from an injury sustained while playing with Croatia at the World Cup in Qatar.

Both have a net salary of around £100,000 a week and see their contracts expire in 2026.

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