Spanish football expert Graham Hunter has revealed that Barcelona would prefer signing Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante instead of Willian.
The Catalan side have been in contact with Brazilian star Willian as they want Andres Iniesta’s replacement, who moved to Japan this summer.
The Blaugrana are believed to have made at least two official bids for the former Shakhtar Donetsk star and the latest is said to be worth up to £53m.
However, according to Sky in Italy, Barcelona have changed their position and are keen to land Kante at Camp Nou.
The report goes on to state that the Frenchman’s deal could see Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes move to West London side.
“Barca are far more interested in getting Kante than Willian,” Hunter told the Transfer Talk podcast.
“That is fully understandable, they have been looking for a player like him for a long time. Andres Iniesta has moved on and Sergio Busquets, without Iniesta next to him, while his brilliance remains, his pace, ability to get around the pitch tactically is very different to Kante, who is an extremely good footballer.”
“I find it hard to understand how a club like Chelsea, who are shrewd with the prices they command for their players and are starting a new era, could lose either of these exceptional assets, as well as Eden Hazard, especially at a time when a new coach is coming in and will look to those players as the lynchpins of the brand of football he wants to play.”
“Barca are fishing in a pond where it will be really tough to land the big fishes.”
Kante, who moved to the Premier League in 2015, has since won four trophies in only three seasons, including FIFA World Cup and two Premier League titles.