Barcelona midfielder emerges as an option for Chelsea – English sources

After a week full of speculation, Barcelona have finally confirmed the departure of Memphis Depay. The Dutchman has joined Atletico Madrid on a permanent deal, with the Spanish giants expected to pay around ̇€3 million plus €1 million in add-ons.

Depay might not be the only player to leave Barcelona in this January transfer window. One more player linked with a move away from Camp Nou is Franck Kessie.

The former AC Milan starlet has struggled to establish himself as a first-team regular since joining Barcelona in the summer. It has led to speculations over his future, with the midfielder being linked with a move to Inter Milan, among other clubs.

According to Matt Law of Telegraph, Chelsea, too, are now considering a move for Kessie in this January transfer window.

The Premier League giants have reportedly set their sights on a new midfielder after securing a deal for several attackers in the form of David Datro Fofana Joao Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke, while reinforcing their defence with Benoit Badiashile.

One of the top targets for Chelsea was Moises Caicedo. But Brighton & Hove Albion have appeared reluctant to offload the Ecuadorian international. The price they are demanding are thought to be too high for Chelsea.

As such, the Blues are considering Kessie as a potential alternative. Although the Barcelona midfielder has struggled since moving to Camp Nou in the summer, he is rated highly because of the aggression, versatility and dynamism he offers in the middle of the park.

The Ivorian showed what he can bring to the table in Barça’s 5-0 win over AD Ceuta in the Copa del Rey last night.

Kessie, for his part, has appeared reluctant to leaving Camp Nou in January as he still harbours the hope of succeeding at Barcelona. But with depleting prospects in the first-team plans, the Ivorian may consider an exit this month, especially with a club like Chelsea interested in his services.

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