Barcelona will not prioritise signing N’Golo Kante in the summer, instead keeping the Chelsea veteran as a fallback option.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, N’Golo Kante remains on the radar of Barcelona. But the Catalan giants do not view the Chelsea veteran as a priority target. And they will only pursue the Frenchman if they fail to sign their top targets in the summer transfer window.
N’Golo Kante is an all-time great in the Premier League and has stamped his authority during his stints with Leicester City and Chelsea. The 31-year-old spent only one season with the Foxes but became a club legend in that campaign. And he has been top-class since joining Chelsea in July 2016.
The French international has also tasted success on the international stage, winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup. But the Chelsea veteran has endured a frustrating 2022/23 season, managing only two outings thus far. In addition, Kante’s contract ends in less than six months, with the situation alerting Barcelona.
Barcelona might enter the market for a midfield reinforcement amid uncertainties surrounding Sergio Busquets’s future. The veteran midfielder is considering his future at the club level and might leave in the summer. So the Blaugrana might need to scour the market for a replacement.
Several midfielders, including Kante, have thus popped up on Barcelona’s radar over a summer move. And the Chelsea veteran is reportedly open to joining the Catalan outfit in a Bosman move. But Barcelona will not prioritise signing the French international in the summer transfer window.
The Catalan giants only view the Chelsea midfielder as a fallback option. They are currently waiting to see what Busquets decides heading into the summer transfer window. And recent reports have claimed that Sofyan Amrabat has emerged as the priority target for Barcelona. So Kante’s chances of joining Barcelona seem low.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will attempt to tie the 31-year-old to a new contract instead of seeing him leave as a free agent. And it will be interesting to see if the veteran midfielder commits his future to the west London club. But a move to Barcelona might not be on the horizon.
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