The midfielder could bring in a transfer fee to help release the pressure on the salary limit
In the offices at Spotify Camp Nou, they are already starting to make calculations to predict how to fit in new signings in the next transfer window. In order to make signings, some players need to be released to help reduce the wage bill and balance the books so that money can be made available for transfers. Therefore, the name of Franck Kessié is one of the possible 'sacrifices' to fund the signing of Ilkay Gündogan, according to 'AS'.
In the hypothetical case of the Manchester City midfielder's arrival as a free agent, the Ivorian would be left without a place in the squad and the club's position would be to offer him a way out. Kessié arrived for nothing and his good performances have earned him a good reputation ionn the market. His transfer value on Transfermarkt is €28 million. He could return to Italian football for a price of around €30 million, according to the aforementioned media.
Xavi has said on several occasions that he is very satisfied with Kessié and the player himself confessed that "Xavi was the key to my signing for Barça," so it would be more of an institutional decision than a sporting one. One of those 'forced transfers' like Aubameyang, who also arrived at the club at zero cost and left for Chelsea for €12 million.
Be that as it may, the Blaugrana want to make money this summer and are aware they are going to have to sell players that in a normal situation they would not even consider transferring. The case of Ansu Fati is the best example, as the club is seriously considering selling him despite the fact that he is a home-grown player and still very young.