According to Le Parisien, PSG are pursuing the signature of Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante this summer.
N’Golo Kante has been a revelation in the Premier League since his arrival at Leicester City in 2015. During the period since his signing for the Foxes, few could argue that the Frenchman hasn’t been the finest defensive midfielder in England.
Kante’s excellence was on show once again this summer, as he was at the heart of the France team that won the World Cup in Russia.
Rather than seeking to replace the 27-year-old, Chelsea’s intention will to be avoid his departure at all costs. However, new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri will know it is not always possible to hang onto players during transfer windows.
If PSG’s interest is genuine, and Kante is swayed by the thought of a return to his hometown, then his exit from Stamford Bridge may be inevitable.
In that case, Sarri will be on the lookout for a replacement signing capable of filling Kante’s boots.
Andre Zambo Anguissa, currently plying his trade for Marseille, could be the perfect man to take up Kante’s mantle at Stamford Bridge.
Like the Frenchman, Anguissa excels in breaking up opposition attacks and then quickly and effectively redistributing the ball to his more offensively minded teammates.
The 22-year-old is also a great reader of the game, and employs this ability to maintain the correct defensive position and make vital interceptions. The Cameroon international has great timing in the tackle, and is able to use his 6-foot frame to fend off challenges and win aerial duels.
The loss of Kante for Chelsea will mean the Blues’ entire midfield unit has to become more defensively alert, and willing to pull together to ward off attacks. The arrival of a new defensive midfielder would absolutely be necessary too though, and Anguissa, after two ever-present campaigns in Ligue 1, is now ready to make the step up.
Transfermarkt value Anguissa at £16.2 million, and considering Transfermarkt deem Kante to be worth £72 million, the sale of the Frenchman would raise more than enough funds for the acquisition of the Marseille man.
Signing Anguissa would be a gamble for Sarri, but it could turn out to be transfer masterstroke down the line.