Real Madrid have got their sights set on N’Golo Kante this summer and Chelsea could be willing to part ways with him.
The Blues have already made their potential marquee signing ahead of next season after they appeared to beat Liverpool to Timo Werner’s signature earlier this month (via BBC Sport). But they aren’t done there. Frank Lampard and co are eyeing up other summer targets, with Kai Havertz named as another big potential coup.
According to AS Sport (via Sport Witness), Madrid are reportedly on the market again for Kante, and have been long-time admirers of the Frenchman. Chelsea could be willing to let the midfielder go if the price is right, in order to free up more funds for their lavish shopping list.
Should Chelsea keep or sell N'Golo Kante?
Kante has spent four years with the London outfit and has assisted his side in clinching FA Cup and Europa League titles. He also boasts back-to-back Premier League wins after Leicester’s historic title victory, from which he went on to win the league again with Chelsea the following season (via Transfermarkt).
It’s no surprise that Zinedine Zidane is once against chasing the signature of someone who was a key player in France’s 2018 World Cup success. However, Madrid may be stuck at a crossroads as they reportedly cannot meet the €80million (£71.1m) price tag Chelsea have set.
A move to one of the biggest clubs on the planet would be a career-defining moment for Kante and it would also allow Chelsea more financial stability moving forward. The Frenchman is currently the club’s joint-highest paid player, with both he and Kepa Arrizabalaga earning £150,000 per week (via Spotrac). This totals to a hefty £7.8m in wages to keep Kante on the books, an amount the Blues could be assigning to someone new.
If Madrid can’t afford the fee, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are both reportedly monitoring the situation as well. Whether it’s Zidane who shakes Kante’s hand or not, it’s looking likely that he will be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer, which will be an ideal situation for both parties.
The 29-year-old will be made the focal point of whichever midfield he joins – and will likely win league title after league title – and Lampard can continue to push to make this Chelsea side the best it’s been in years by adding a more youthful look to it, which could include Havertz if a deal for Kante’s exit can be agreed.
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