France international N’Golo Kante has been linked with a surprise exit from Chelsea with Barcelona keen on acquiring his services. The 27-year-old has been an influential performer for the Blues since his arrival from Leicester City two years ago but the Blaugrana are now prepared to test the club’s resolve.
According to Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhelkol, the Blaugrana are preparing a player-plus-cash deal for the former Caen man which would include Andre Gomes as a makeweight. Gomes has not quite settled with the Catalan giants since his switch from Valencia and the club are now optimistic that the Euro 2016 winner could be offloaded in a part-exchange deal.
Based on Chelsea’s recent season, losing a player of Kante’s calibre would huge hamper their progress through the 2018/19 campaign but there has been occasions in the past where the club have sanctioned deals which have matched their price tag.
Kante is presently with the France national side at the World Cup where he has been their most influential player. He is expected to feature at the heart of Les Blues’ midfield when they entertain Croatia in the crunch World Cup final on Sunday.