Arsenal Ready To Trigger £20m Release Clause After Talks With Midfielder’s Agent

By on May 5, 2016

The opening of the summer transfer window is fast approaching so we’ll bring you all the latest transfer rumours and gossip from around the globe. Today, Arsenal are linked with N’Golo Kante…

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Arsenal are ready to trigger the £20m (€25m) release clause in N’Golo Kante’s Leicester City contract after holding extensive talks with the midfielder’s agents, according to French outlet RMC Sport.

Kante joined Leicester from Caen last summer and has enjoyed a sensational debut season in the Premier League with his high energy displays in the middle of the park playing a key role in guiding the Foxes to a shock title win.

The French international’s performances saw him named in the PFA Team of the Season as well as being named on the six-man short list for PFA Player of the Season, and understandably he’s attracting interest from some of Europe’s most powerful clubs.

Arsenal are among those who’ve been strongly linked in recent weeks and it looks as though we’re ready to formailise our interest as French outlet RMC Sport claim that we’ve held extensive talks with the midfielder’s representatives about a potential move to the Emirates.

The report suggests that Arsene Wenger has identified Kante as a key target this summer and is now preparing to meet the £20m (€25m) release clause that’s written in to the 25-year-old’s Leicester contract.

We signed Mohamed Elneny in January but with Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini set to leave when their contracts expire next month, another defensive midfielder is needed and Kante would be an excellent addition.

No doubt Leicester will try and persuade him to remain at the King Power but we’ll have to see whether the lure of playing for a club like Arsenal would be too much for the Frenchman, plus we’ll be able to offer much better wages than he’ll get at the newly-crowned champions.

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We won’t be the only club in the running if Kante does decide to move clubs this summer but hopefully we can tempt him to North London as I think he’d be the perfect protection in front of the defence that we’ve lacked in recent years.

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4 Comments

  1. NC

    May 5, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    You have to wonder why he’d be tempted to go. Arsenal pay structure could be matched by Leicester City easily. He’s won a Prem winners medal, he won’t with Arsenal. He’ll fare no worse in Champions league than he would with Arsenal. The move makes no sense other than the attraction of London living and a seemingly prestige club which consistently fails year in year out.

    • Robert

      May 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      you are pained friend. Arsenal is a more bigger club than the Leicester minnows. the player is assured of continuity with us and better pay mate. ask Portsmouth and Fulham – playing in the European competitions is a potential banana pill for failure if all are not taken care of

      • David Fox

        May 5, 2016 at 2:21 pm

        As happy as I am for Leicester, the likelihood of this happening next season is slim at best. Apart from the obvious tremendous team effort, and a once in blue-moon perfect team formula, many things were in Leicester’s favor. Namely fixture congestion and injuries. Ranieri was able to field the same starting eleven nearly all season, whereas teams like City, Arsenal, Spuds etc, had 20 games more to play which inevitably lead to fatigue and injuries. Leicester now how to find other players to fit into that magic formula to deal with the congestion, plus keep hold of the likes of Kante and Mahrez(you know he’s going to leave), while other teams will now be targeting them rather than underestimating. Use Blackburn 94/95 to 96/97 as reference. 1st – 7th – 12th. When little clubs break the mold, they are consumed by the larger clubs, just as in any capitalist system. Kante and Mahrez’s agent know this hence he is acting on it.

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