Kessie has decided not to extend his current deal, which expires this summer after Milan failed to meet his astronomical wage demands of €8 million per season.
The Ivory Coast midfielder is on the radar of a host of top European clubs, but Barca have the edge in the transfer race.
The report also adds that the Catalan giants have been in talks with Kessie’s entourage for two months, and they are optimistic about a potential free transfer this summer.
The 25-year-old is also tempted by the idea of moving to Camp Nou rather than playing in the Premier League.
Kessie has grown into a top-class midfielder after impressing for Milan in the last two seasons.
Barca are blessed with plenty of talented midfielders including Gavi, Pedri, Nico Gonzalez and Frenkie de Jong. However, they need to find a replacement for Sergio Busquets.
Kessie would be an ideal replacement for the Blaugrana skipper due to his impressive defensive qualities and the ability to dictate the tempo.
Xavi can also benefit from Kessie’s goalscoring knack, as he has racked up 36 goals in 210 games for Milan.
The Catalan giants have also reportedly registered their interest in signing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, whose contract expires this summer.
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