Beyond sports, the possible exchange Kessié-Brozovic between FC Barcelona and Inter Milan happens, fundamentally, financially. According to the Italian newspaper ‘La Repubblica’, the ‘nerazzurri’ weigh the negotiation positively, as long as Barça pay an extra amount for the Croatian or, failing that, another player is included in the operation, something that would go against the interests of the Catalans.
With a contract until 2026 and the same market value at Transfermarkt, Barça bets on an exchange of ‘stickers’, while the interista board considers that the value of their defender is higher than that of the Ivorian, even though Marcelo (30) is four years older than Franck (26). The truth is, In the case of the midfielder, his plans aim to stay in Catalonia At least until the summer, since he hopes to succeed under the orders of Xavi Hernández.
In the same way, the man from Egar is happy with Kessié in the squad, although he would not oppose the arrival of a Brozovic who would contribute much more in defense due to his characteristics. With calf problems, the Croatian has not played since the World Cup and barely has 621 minutes of action in 10 Serie A appearancesa key factor to determine in what conditions he would arrive at the Spotify Camp Nou if the barter was closed this month.
For his part, Franck has seen action with Xavi’s men this year. The man from Ouragahio was out for a month and a half due to an injury to the femoral biceps of his left thigh, but reappeared in the match against Intercity in the Copa del Rey, disputing the 120 minutes in Alicante. He also played half an hour in the league win against Atlético and almost the entire extra time of the Super Cup semi-finals against Betis, giving him a ‘plus’ over the Croatian in terms of physicality at this time.
Negotiations could prosper in summer
Although the barter seems very complicated to close this month, in the summer the story could be resumed with a much simpler and more satisfactory outcome for both clubs. A lot will have to do with the level of leadership of the players in the second half of the seasonwhere the demanding calendar of culés and ‘nerazzurris’, without a doubt, will force Xavi and Simone Inzaghi to bet on both while they are physically fit.
For now, both Barça and Inter maintain secrecy about the operation and, in the case of the blaugrana team, signing a striker and resolving the departure of Memphis Depay seems like a much more urgent matter. In the meantime, in Milan they deny any ongoing operation that involves Brozovic and Kessié, faithful to the habit of handling these operations with the greatest possible discretion.