Barcelona are desperate to bring in N’Golo Kante as Andres Iniesta’s replacement, according to reports.
Chelsea are braced for transfer approaches for Kante this summer after the midfielder’s star showing at the World Cup.
Kante has been France’s stand-out player alongside Kylian Mbappe in Russia and will bid to lead Les Blues to World Cup glory on Sunday against Croatia.
Chelsea are on the verge of appointing Maurizio Sarri as their new coach, but Gianluca Di Marzio.com claim the Blues have a fight on their hands to keep Kante.
Barcelona are also prepared to offer Andre Gomes in part exchange for Kante.
Gomes is surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou after an underwhelming two-year spell at Barcelona.
The Catalans are on the hunt for a new midfield presence after losing Iniesta to Japan and sending Paulinho back to China.
Chelsea will not want to lose Kante, who is seen as the single most important figure in their midfield.
Sarri will battle to keep Kante and has reportedly already told Chelsea the 27-year-old is not for sale at any price.