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Barcelona’s no.1 summer midfield target confirmed

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An insight into the summer transfer plans of Spanish giants FC Barcelona has been provided on Thursday evening.

The info surrounds the plans of the Blaugrana to reinforce the club’s ranks in the middle of the park.

Despite the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets and Pedri having been added to by the breakthrough talents of both Nico and Gavi over the opening half of the campaign, those in a position of power at the Camp Nou evidently remain of the opinion that Xavi’s midfield options remain insufficient.

In turn, as per Marca, one individual has been identified as the ideal solution to the club’s concerns.

The player in question? Franck Kessie.

Barcelona’s no.1 summer midfield target confirmed

MILAN, ITALY – DECEMBER 19: Franck Kessie of AC Milan celebrates his goal later disallowed from VAR during the Serie A match between AC Milan and SSC Napoli at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 19, 2021 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

It is understood that Kessie, a key cog in the AC Milan machine, is the midfielder in ‘pole’ position to link up with Barcelona ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

This comes with the Ivorian’s contract at the San Siro due to expire in the summer, and little progress having been made in negotiations with the Rossoneri regarding a renewal.

Not only that, but Kessie himself is understood to be keen on the prospect of a move to Catalunya.

Derby date in store

Turning attentions back towards matters on the pitch, an altogether high-profile fixture of course awaits Xavi and Barca this coming weekend.

The Blaugrana are set to make the trip to the RCDE Stadium, for a La Liga derby showdown with arch rivals Espanyol.

The clash marks a crucial one for Sunday’s visitors amid their ongoing pursuit of a top-4 berth in the Spanish top-flight, though confidence will no doubt be high on the camp on the back of an impressive 4-2 downing of champions Atletico Madrid last time out.

 

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