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Midfielder reveals talks with Conte over Chelsea plans

Report as had it that Chelsea are now leading the race in signing Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante who was formerly a target for Arsenal ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League season.

The reports is according to the Telegraph who on their report wrote that the Foxes midfielder is currently siding towards facing the exit door at the King Power Stadium with Chelsea, Juventus, Manchester United and Arsenal battling the Frenchman signature.
However, of the four clubs, Kante is believed to have selected Chelsea to work with Antonio Conte at the Stamford Bridge and for now, he has yet ruled out the possibility of going elsewhere.

The remarkable surge, which saw Leicester City, emerged as the Premier League champions last season, it was only Jamie Vardy, and Riyad Mahrez that stole the headlines but Kante was the definition of an unsung hero.

Kante is only on the field of play for setting up and scoring goals, but instead, the 25-year-old always strives hard to regain possession for his team and give other players the opportunity to shine. Moreover, it’s not an offence to say his performance last season indeed a brilliant performance.

We can have a look at his dazzling work for the Foxes:

It’s no wonder the Frenchman has been compared to Claude Makelele, who in actual fact invented the role from which Kante has made a name out of.

Since the departure of Makelele from the Stamford Bridge in 2008, the Blues have struggled hard to find a replacement for him and with the excellent work of Kante for Leicester; he could be the perfect replacement to fill the void.

Kante is deeply keen on heading to the English capital, as it is reports via Bleacher Report says the France midfielder is set to snub a new deal offer to him at the King Power Stadium worth £100,000 per week.

His contract with the Foxes has a £20 million release clause, although the Blues may yet have to pay over that figure to land him.

The Blues manager needs to place his bid sooner rather than later, as a bidding war with other top clubs could see his value increase rapidly to well over £30 million.

With the fact that £20m triggers the clause is on his contract, the terms on his agreement with the Foxes state that Leicester are only required to accept the highest bid over that figure.

It is for this reason Arsenal could be said to have been reluctant to formalise their interest with a bid for him.

Juve are likely to provide the strongest competition to Chelsea for Kante, but the player is expected to choose remaining in the Premier League over moving to Italy if it comes down to a straight choice.

Other than Kante, Chelsea had looked at Nainggolan’s Belgium team-mate Axel Witsel but it is the Frenchman who the club are actively pursuing.

With Pato and Falcao going, Loic Remy expected to leave and Atletico Madrid attempting to re-sign Diego Costa, Chelsea still want to land Spain striker Alvaro Morata.

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