Arsenal & Man Utd Target To Undergo Chelsea Medical After Blues Agree £30m Deal
Chelsea have won the race ahead of Arsenal and Man Utd to sign N’Golo Kante with the midfielder set to undergo a medical after the Blues agree a fee worth £30m
The opening of the summer transfer window is now open for business so we’ll bring you all the latest transfer rumours and gossip from around the globe. Today, Chelsea close-in on N’Golo Kante…
Chelsea have won the race ahead of Arsenal and Man Utd to sign N’Golo Kante with the midfielder set to undergo a medical after the Blues agree a deal worth £30m with Leicester City, according to French outlet RMC Sport.
Kante’s future has been the subject of much speculation in recent months after the midfielder helped Leicester secure a shock Premier League title win following his move from Caen 12 months ago.
The French international was a key driving force behind the Foxes success last season but he has snubbed the chance to sign an improved contract at the King Power in favour of securing a big-money move this summer.
A number of top clubs throughout Europe have been linked with Kante and the Telegraph claimed earlier this week that Chelsea had stepped up their interest amid competition from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.
The Gunners have already brought in Granit Xhaka this summer while Jose Mourinho’s focus appears to be on luring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford so it’s no surprise that Chelsea have shown the most serious interest in Kante of the three English heavy-weights.
The Blues had initially hoped to land the 25-year-old for just £20m due to a buyout clause in his contract but the Telegraph claim that Chelsea have had to go beyond that figure after Chinese outfit Shanghai SIPG tabled a whopping £35m bid.
The terms of the clause state that Leicester can accept any figure beyond £20m so Chelsea have had to negotiate and RMC Sport claim that the Blues have now agree a fee worth £30m (€36m) with the Foxes.
The French outlet say that Kante will undergo his medical within the next 48 hours before signing a five-year contract and this information appears to be supported by the Telegraph who also claim today that the deal is expected to go through over the weekend.
Assuming there are no last minute problems, Kante should be a Chelsea player by the Sunday evening and he’ll become Antonio Conte’s second major signing of the summer following the arrival of striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille.
Conte is expected to deploy a 3-5-2 formation next season and he wanted an energetic ball-winner to anchor the midfield, and there aren’t many better players in that role than Kante right now so he should be a superb addition to their squad.