Barcelona held negotiations with €30m-rated Chelsea anchorman

Barcelona are interested in making a move for N’Golo Kante. The Chelsea midfielder will be out of the deal next summer, and the Blaugrana could grab him on a free transfer. Busquets’ rapid decline has forced the Catalan giants to search for a possible successor.

And his long reign at Barcelona could come to an end in 2023. The 34-year-old midfielder’s current contract will end next summer, and he is destined to leave the Blaugrana. The Catalan giants activated a number of economic levers in an attempt to sort out their financial mess.

They have managed to douse the fire for now, but their on-field display has not been up to the mark. Barcelona crashed out of the UEFA Champions League earlier this week and will compete in the Europa League this campaign. A plethora of footballers, like Lewandowski and Raphinha, were brought in as a part of their rebuilding phase.

But as a whole, the Blaugrana are yet to put out dominating displays week in and week out. Kante is reportedly in negotiations with the Blues for a new deal and wants to stay at Chelsea. But France international is currently nursing an injury and has already been ruled out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The French midfielder has maintained a level of consistency since his arrival in the PL and has collected almost all possible medals during his stints with Leicester City and Chelsea. But his injury could be a telling factor as it might diminish his dynamism.