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Barcelona rumor round-up: Kante, Mata, Arthur, Rafinha and Cillessen

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A few more names are on the wanted list..

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Barcelona join chase for Kante?

Today’s rumors start in France and Le Parisien who reckon that Barcelona are just one of several clubs interested in Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.

Apparently, Kante is a wanted man even though he is contracted to the Blues until June 2021.

PSG are big fans, Real Madrid are also interested, while Barcelona have apparently already tried to tempt him by inviting members of his family to watch a game at the Camp Nou last season.

Mata in Barcelona’s sights

Kante is not the only Premier League target Barcelona are said to be considering. Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones says a certain Manchester United man is also on their radar.

This one’s come a little bit out of the blue, although Mata is hardly a guaranteed starter under Jose Mourinho and it wouldn’t be a massive shock if he left.

Only one offer for Cillessen

Jasper Cillessen has been a regular in the gossip columns this summer, but it seems that despite all the speculation there’s only been one offer.

Sport say that he’s wanted by an “English club who are not in Europe next season” but those spoilsports do not want to name names.

Arthur to arrive on Monday

Back in Spain now and Arthur will officially become a Barcelona player on Monday, is the bold claim from Mundo Deportivo.

Apparently a deal to bring the midfielder to the Camp Nou this summer has been completely sorted and both clubs will be able to announce it on Monday.

Mina to leave if Arthur arrives

Of course Arthur’s arrival is bad news for Yerry Mina who will be off this summer, so say Marca.

Arthur’s arrival means a non-EU place will need to be freed up and seeing as the club are expected to also sign Clement Lenglet it looks like the fall guy will be Mina.

All of which is a bit of a problem because Mina wants to stay and prove himself, and his massive wages are likely to put off potential suitors.

Inter will give up on Rafinha or Nainggolan arrives

And finally today we head back to Sport where the word is that the potential arrival of Radja Nainggolan at Inter is likely to spell bad news for Rafinha’s hopes of a permanent deal at the San Siro.

The Belgian is expected to join the club imminently which means Inter will give up on their attempts to sign Rafinha.

Rafinha was keen to stay after a successful loan spell but it looks as though he will have to fight for his place at Barcelona or look elsewhere for a move.