Report: Chelsea's £80 million barrier to prevent N'Golo Kante reuniting with former boss

Lane Dias September 1, 2020
Report: Chelsea's £80 million barrier to prevent N'Golo Kante reuniting with former boss
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Chelsea have reportedly set an £80 million price tag on French midfielder N’Golo Kante, in an attempt to fend off interest from potential suitors, including Inter Milan.

According to The Daily Mail, Kanté is a target for former manager and I Nerazzurri boss Antonio Conte, who signed the Frenchman in July 2016 from then Premier League champions Leicester City.

The Italian is keen to bolster his side’s defensive-midfield options and are also allegedly considering using one of three players, including Lautaro Martínez, Marcelo Brozović and Milan Škriniar in exchange, as part of a deal with The Blues for Kanté.

Reports from The Mirror suggest Kanté has been valued by The Pensioners at £80 million. Since moving from The Foxes in a reported £32 million move, the Frenchman has made 170 appearances in all competitions, scoring 11 goals and providing seven assists.

He helped the side win the 2016-2017 league title in his first season, becoming the first player since compatriot Eric Cantona in 1993, to clinch successive English top-flight titles with two different clubs.

He also won the 2017-2018 FA Cup and the the 2018-19 Europa League with the west London outfit, either side of a World Cup triumph with France in 2018.

Last campaign, Kanté was hampered by injuries, seeing his game time reduced to just 28 matches in all competitions, of which he started just 20 times in the league under Frank Lampard.

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His absence was thoroughly felt throughout the overall campaign, with Chelsea conceding the highest number of goals in the division’s top-half last season, boasting their second-worst defensive record since the Premier League’s establishment.

He had been sidelined since Chelsea’s match against Watford in early July, missing the club’s last five league games, where they conceded ten goals, before returning to action in the second-leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against eventual winners Bayern Munich.

The staunch valuation certainly gives the impression that N’golo Kante is highly-regarded at The Blues, who have no intention of selling the midfielder (who has a further three years left on his contract).

However, should Inter or any respective other side be willing to meet the £80 million price tag, it would certainly give Chelsea food for thought, and with La Beneamata offering one of three talented options in exchange, The Blues could be tempted.

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