According to sources in Spain, Chelsea is open to a swap deal with Barcelona in which Hakim Ziyech would leave the Premier League club and Barca midfielder Franck Kessie would move in the opposite direction.
The Blues are “open” to a player-exchange deal in order to acquire Kessie from the La Liga team.
Due to their financial situation, Barcelona must sell before they can buy, just like in the summer.
Chelsea intends to take advantage of the circumstance by bringing in midfielder Kessie.
The Barcelona manager, Xavi, would be open to the notion of having a player in the mold of Ziyech after Memphis Depay left for Atletico Madrid. Xavi has made it obvious that he wants someone to fill the void left by the Dutch attacker.
Although reports in Spain claim Barcelona are not considering thr option of a swap deal and would rather favour a loan agreement or separate deals due to their altercations with Financial Fair Play regulations.
Even then, there are doubts over this operation as Ziyech, for his part, has received offers from PSV Eindhoven and other clubs, whereas Kessie himself has shown no desire to leave Camp Nou in the middle of the season.
There is a chance that the Ivorian could be tempted by Chelsea, but only if the Premier League giants come up with a formal proposal. Either way, the likelihood of a direct swap deal involving Kessie and Ziyech might be close to zero.