Franck Kessie’s departure from Barcelona to join Saudi Arabia side Al Ahli will be made official any minute now, and the player returned to Catalonia to say his goodbyes on Wednesday morning.
Gerard Romero reports the Ivorian visited the club’s facilities and stayed around 20 minutes while his teammates were getting ready for training to bid farewell to them, coach Xavi Hernández and the club staff.
Franck Kessié ha acudido esta mañana a la Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper a despedirse de sus compañeros. No ha entrenado.— Jijantes FC (@JijantesFC) August 9, 2023
⏰ Visita de apenas 20 minutos. Su marcha al Al-Ahli de Arabia Saudí es cuestión de tiempo.
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Kessie spent the weekend in Paris undergoing medicals with Al Ahli, and the announcement from both clubs is expected sometime this week. Barça will receive a €15 million transfer fee for a player they signed on a free last summer, and will use the funds from Franck’s departure to register the pending contracts and continue investing in the squad.
The President, as he’s known, had a tough time finding minutes in his lone season at Camp Nou but ended up scoring the most important goal of the 2022-23 season, a late winner in El Clásico against Real Madrid that essentially won the La Liga title last March.