Barcelona have reportedly stepped up their interest in Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante who will be out of contract at the end of the season.
Free transfers have been a recurring theme at Barca in recent windows, for obvious reasons, and it seems the Frenchman may becoming a top target for that reason.
Diario Sport reckon Barca have “practically closed” a deal for the midfielder, providing he makes a full recovery from his current hamstring injury.
The Catalans are said to see Kante as a “great market opportunity” and have “no doubts” at all about his quality or ability to adapt to life at the Camp Nou.
Kante is also said to be keen on a move to Barcelona and is not expected to sign a new contract with the Blues.
There’s even talk that a pre-agreement could be reached in January, although Kane would have to take a pay-cut at Barcelona to fit in with the club’s financial restrictions.