Real Madrid are preparing an audacious move for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.
The 27-year-old is in demand this summer as clubs believe he could be lured away from Stamford Bridge as the Blues failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Paris Saint-Germain from Kante’s hometown are already keeping tabs on the France international, while there is reported to be interest from sides in Italy too.
And now, according to AS, Real Madrid are also putting the wheels in motion to sign Kante this summer.
The European champions have earmarked the midfielder as a prime target and they want a deal wrapped up quickly.
Kante, however, still has three years to run on his contract at Chelsea and he will be difficult to prise away from Stamford Bridge, as he is regarded as perhaps the club’s most important player alongside Eden Hazard.
Kante was bought from Leicester in the summer of 2016 after helping the Foxes to the Premier League title, and he was named PFA Player of the Year in 2016/17 as Chelsea secured won the league championship.
He made his international debut in 2016 and helped France to the final of that year’s European Championship, and he’s now preparing to represent Les Bleus at the World Cup.
Chelsea eye World Cup managers to replace Conte
Chelsea are sounding out cheaper alternatives to replace Antonio Conte as manager this summer, reports Yahoo Sport.
Conte is widely expected to leave his post at Chelsea but the Blues face forking out a hefty compensation bill to get rid of the Italian.
Chelsea’s first choice target is Maurizio Sarri but the west London outfit are struggling to reach an agreement with Napoli.
The Serie A giants have already lined up former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti to replace Sarri but have no interest losing the Italian on the cheap.
Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc has been mooted as a possible alternative, but now Chelsea are considering Brazil head coach Tite and Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli.
Both managers are currently gearing up for the 2018 World Cup but their futures after this summer’s tournament are far from certain.
Sampaoli has developed a solid reputation as a manager for his work as head coach of Chile and will now hope to win Argentina the World Cup for the first time since 1986.