Barcelona give up on signing Chelsea star

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Spanish side Barcelona have given up in their pursuit of Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, according to The Telegraph.

Kante’s Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season and Barcelona were keen on signing the France international as a free agent in the summer.

However, with Kante now close to signing a new Chelsea contract, Barcelona have now turned their attention to Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.

Kante was Xavi’s preferred signing but with the Frenchman on the verge of committing his long-term future to the Blues, Barcelona have been forced to reassess their transfer strategy.