Barcelona sign Kessie on free transfer

Barcelona sign Kessie on free transfer

Barcelona have announced the signing of Franck Kessie on a free transfer.

The Ivory Coast midfielder's deal with AC Milan expired in June after he helped them to win their first Serie A title in 11 years.

Sky Sports News reported Tottenham were interested in signing Kessie in the January transfer window and were in talks with the 25-year-old about a free transfer in the summer.

Kessie has signed a four-year deal at Barcelona which includes a release clause worth £430m (500m euros).

The Catalans wrapped up the deal weeks ago but needed to balance their Financial Fair Play ratio before they were able to register new players in their squad.

Last week, the club agreed to sell a 10 per cent stake in their LaLiga TV rights for the next 25 years to US private equity group Sixth Street for £178.5m (207.5m euros).