Barcelona has made the first signing of this season official, announcing the incorporation of Franck Kessié, who will be presented this coming Wednesday after signing his new contract. Kessié arrives with the letter of freedom after his contract with AC Milan expired. The Ivorian midfielder, who will turn 26 on December 19, has played for the Italian club for the last five seasons and will sign until June 30, 2026 with a termination clause of 500 million euros. It has not been a surprise, since Joan Laporta announced last Saturday during a club event that Kessié was signed, although his statements were made unofficially. The presentation will take place at the Ciutat Esportiva, since the Camp Nou is changing the pitch, as it usually does every summer.
«It is true that I called him during the negotiations with Barça... We have been in contact this time and he called me several times because he knew that I knew Barcelona. To be honest, we talked for days because I wanted to know everything that would be found here. Milan offered him a new contract and it is a great club too, but Barcelona was behind. I told him not to hesitate, that if he wanted to leave he had to go to Barcelona", acknowledged Touré in 'Mundo Deportivo', while assuring that he had warned him of the problems that could be found: "Barcelona is a great city and I told him not to go out much at night, to be careful. You have to be focused on the games because they will judge you in all of them.