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French champions Paris St-Germain have set their sights on signing Chelsea linchpin N’Golo Kante this summer, but the Stamford Bridge outfit want £100 million for him.
Kante has won the Premier League title with Leicester City and Chelsea in recent seasons and is one of the most highly-rated defensive midfielders in the division.
PSG have been linked with Kante in the past, but now they seem to be firming up their interest, according to Goal.com. The news outlet also say they could offer the France international a contract worth £220,000 per week – a £100,000 increase on his current wage.
Goal.com also speculate that PSG could be willing to offer fellow French international Adrien Rabiot in part exchange for Kante.
The Blues may be willing to consider a deal, as they have shown an interest in 21-year-old Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, who could be seen as a replacement for Kante. That said, Chelsea will be loathe to lose one of their stars as they look to rebuild their squad to mount a title challenge again next season and could open up new contract talks with him to try and persuade him to remain in west London.
However, any potential deal would have to wait until the player returns from World Cup duty in Russia later this month.
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French champions Paris St-Germain are considering bidding for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante this summer, with reports that the club have already met with his representatives.
French publication Paris United have reported that a meeting has took place and that Kante is a target for incoming PSG boss Tomas Tuchel.
Kante has been a lynchpin in two Premier League winning teams, first for Leicester City in 2016, then the following season for Chelsea after a £35 million move to the club.
It’s though PSG want more competition for Casimero in the ‘destroyer’ role in the heart of midfield – something Kante is acknowledged as one of the world’s best at.
An added layer of intrigue is that Kante moves agent in December, so his current one will want to conclude a deal this summer.
PSG can offer Champions League football, which Chelsea cannot having finished 5th in the Premier League last season. Also, the continued speculation over Blues manager Antonio Conte’s future may also be a factor in whether Kante leaves.
If he were to go, Chelsea would be looking to double the £35 million they paid for him. He is at the peak of his career and still have some time left on his contract. However, that fee would not pose a problem for minted PSG.