The end of France’s Euro 2016 campaign has finally fired the starting gun on the chase for Leicester City star N’Golo Kante, with a number of Premier League teams having sat tense in the blocks for weeks, waiting for the 25-year-old to return from the summer’s main event.
Chelsea are thought to be the team most likely to kick of the bidding for the Leicester City star, who has a release clause of just £20m in his contract at the King Power stadium, with the Telegraph reporting that Antonio Conte’s side have already made the first move.
The Blues are just one of a number of clubs looking to steal him away from the Premier League champions though, with Arsenal interested and recent claims that Shanghai SIPG are ready to attempt to blow their competition out of the water with a bid of £35m.
Reports earlier in the month have suggested that the Foxes are only obliged to accept the highest bid over the £20m threshold, meaning that sufficient interest could see them earn significantly more than expected from the player’s apparently inevitable sale with a potential bidding war to drive the price up.
Kante’s reluctance to go and play in China seems likely to thin the pool of suitors though, as does Paris Saint-Germain’s apparent cooling on the prospect of a move for the France international since Unai Emery took over from Laurent Blanc last month.
Chelsea have made just one signing so far this summer, with their manager only joining up late after Italy’s exit at the quarter-final stage of Euro 2016, but the £33m switch of Michy Batshuayi from Marseille is expected to be followed up by further buys sooner rather than later.
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