Paris Saint-Germain have been given fresh encouragement in their attempt to sign N’Golo Kante from Chelsea, according to reports in France.
The French champions tried to sign Kante last summer but the 27-year-old refused to force a move away from Stamford Bridge. The midfielder followed up his commitment to Chelsea by signing a new five-year contract worth £290,000 a week which keeps him at the club until 2023.
But according to Le10 Sport, PSG will reignite their interest in the coming weeks with a view to completing a transfer in the summer window. And PSG believe that they may have a better chance of prising Kante away from Chelsea with their latest attempt.
The report claims that the relationship between Kante and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is ‘not exceptional’ and that has given PSG enough encouragement to try again for the World Cup-winning midfielder.
Kante established himself as one of the world’s best defensive midfielders by winning back-to-back Premier League titles with Leicester City and Chelsea.
But since Sarri’s arrival at Stamford Bridge, Kante has been forced out of his natural position to accommodate Jorginho and is playing in a wider, more advanced midfield role.
Sarri also surprisingly criticised Kante earlier this season by claiming that the midfielder is not good enough technically to play in Jorginho’s position.
Jorginho was forced off with a groin injury in Chelsea’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town last Saturday but Sarri insisted after the match that Kante will not deputise at the base of his midfield if the Italian is unavailable for the clash with Manchester City on Sunday.
‘We are trying in training with two players – the first Ampadu and the second is Kovacic,’ said Sarri. ‘It may be for his characteristics, Kovacic is more suitable for this team.’