Barcelona are hoping to repeat their trick of landing another free agent from Chelsea this summer as they eye up deals for midfield duo Jorginho and N’Golo Kante in January.
Both the Italian and Kante are out of contract this summer, and at present little effort has been made to change that fact, with the pair both now the wrong side of 30 and, in the case of Kante, increasingly injury prone.
Barcelona have already admitted that they will be using the free agent market more in future windows, having added two free agents last summer and three the summer before.
The Camp Nou side’s director Mateu Alemany told the media ‘We’ve to focus more on the market of players who are free...we done it [this summer], with many more to come.”
And it seems as though they are already eyeing up a return to Stamford Bridge, with the midfield pair on their radar according to the London Evening Standard.
“Chelsea are open to renewing the contracts of both players but want to sign Kante on reduced terms from his £290,000-a-week deal due to his fitness struggles”, they report.
Both players will be free, as it stands, to talk to clubs around Europe from January 1st in order to reach a pre-contract agreement, as was the case with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen last summer, both of whom agreed moves away from Stamford Bridge well before their contracts ended on July 1st.
Barca will not be alone, however, in their interest. Jorginho has regularly drawn envious glances from Juventus, while Napoli may also be keen to re-sign the midfielder. Meanwhile, Kante is also being watched by clubs across Europe, with PSG previously having been credited with an interest.