Barcelona linked with shock move for Kante

La Liga By: Ayodeji Tunde | 13/07/2018

Chelsea identify Kante replacement

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is in hot demand at the moment and the latest report from Sky in Italy claim that Barcelona are keen to sign the French star in a deal which could see Andre Gomes heading for Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are unlikely to want to lose one of their prized assets.

However, it is understood the La Liga champions have proposed a cash-plus-player deal to Chelsea's board and are awaiting a response.

Kante joined Chelsea for £32m in July 2016 after playing a key role in Leicester's Premier League title win.

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He went on to win the title again with Chelsea in Antonio Conte's first season in charge before winning the FA Cup last term.

He is currently with the French national team in Russia, preparing to play in the World Cup final on Sunday against Croatia.

Andre Gomes is a reported target for both Arsenal and Juventus,

It is expected that Portuguese midfielder Gomes, a reported target for both Arsenal and Juventus, will be allowed to leave the Nou Camp, with Barca valuing him at around £17.5m.

The 24-year-old failed to make Portugal's World Cup squad and is not part of Barcelona's squad heading to the United States for pre-season.