Chelsea are willing to exchange Hakim Ziyech for a Barcelona midfielder, according to reports.
Barcelona are bracing themselves for a hectic couple of weeks ahead as they attempt to replace the departing Memphis Depay.
The Chelsea forward has made an offer to Camp Nou in an attempt to end his miserable tenure at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea believed to be willing to authorise the transfer of the Moroccan international, as well as an exchange deal including Franck Kessie.
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Kessie, a player who has struggled to make an impression since joining Barcelona in 2008, has been considered a potential target for Chelsea. The Blues were initially eyeing a move for Moises Caicedo, but Brighton & Hove Albion have appeared reluctant in offloading the man from Ecuador.
It has sparked Chelsea’s interest in Kessie, who has extensive experience at the top level of football and the ability to flourish at Stamford Bridge. According to the source, Chelsea is prepared to arrange a swap deal involving him and Ziyech.
Barcelona, on the other hand, is not anticipated to consider this alternative. Due to their conflicts with Financial Fair Play requirements, the Catalan business prefers a loan arrangement or separate transactions.
Even still, there are concerns about this deal, since Ziyech has had bids from PSV Eindhoven and other teams, while Kessie has expressed no desire to leave Camp Nou in the midst of the season.
There is a chance that the Ivorian could be tempted by Chelsea, but only if the Premier League giants come up with a formal proposal. Either way, the likelihood of a direct swap deal involving Kessie and Ziyech might be close to zero.