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Papers: Barcelona want to swap Philippe Coutinho for N’Golo Kante

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A juicy new rumor for Wednesday...

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Barcelona continue to make headlines with regards their summer transfer plans and a new name has been thrown into the mix on Wednesday.

Mundo Deportivo report that Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is now a target and could also play a part in Philippe Coutinho’s future.

The Brazilian has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer, and MD reckon some kind of swap deal could be on the cards.

Barca are after a central midfielder to replace the outgoing Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal and have been fans of Kante for some time, according to the report.

The club are now willing to try and land the French midfielder and see him as the perfect replacement for Sergio Busquets.

Barca have previously viewed a move for Kante as too difficult but feel he’s not enjoyed a “stellar role” under Frank Lampard and an uncertain transfer market may help.

Coutinho is said to be keen on a move to Chelsea, while MD reckon some kind of deal, like the one Barca did last summer wth Jasper Cillessen and Neto, could be a goer.