Inter Continue to Be After Disgruntled Barcelona Star

Inter remain highly interested in bringing Franck Kessié back to Serie A after they and Barcelona considered putting together a swap with Marcelo Brozovic in January. The entourage of the midfielder labeled the recent reports as fake news, but there have been some contacts between the parties, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs.

In particular, the Ivorian midfielder is in touch with his former teammate Hakan Calhanoglu, who urged him to join the Nerazzurri. They tried to get him on a free move when it was clear he would leave their crosstown rivals. However, richer wages and his agent steered him toward the Blaugrana.

Kessié isn’t satisfied with his current role, while he’d be a linchpin if he transferred to Inter. He wouldn’t necessarily do so in a trade with Brozovic. Still, the Croat is expendable for financial reasons and because the management didn’t like his lengthy recoveries from injury. He has been assisted by his personal trainer Andreja Milutinovic, who also collaborates with Milan as head of performance.

On the other hand, the 26-year-old would have to agree to a lower salary to head back to Italy. He currently makes €7M per year. He’s likely to force his way out unless he becomes a regular. He has started just once since the World Cup break.

Our Take on Inter and Kessié

Players are quick to switch sides when they find themselves in situations they don’t like nowadays. However, his price tag still figures to be robust, so unless it’s a swap, he’s more likely to wind up in a rich Premier League club or at PSG rather than in Serie A if he does depart.

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