Leicester City are said to be ready to make midfield star N’Golo Kante their highest paid player as they attempt to keep him out of the grasping clutches of Chelsea, with the Blues set to activate the French international’s release clause.
Kante is reported to have rejected a new contract at the King Power stadium worth a massive £100k-a-week already this month, but the Foxes are prepared to make one last attempt to keep hold of the 25-year-old, who acts as the shield and distributor in front of their defence.
The Telegraph report that Claudio Ranieri and co are still hopeful of convincing Kante to stay with the club for at least one more season, despite the £20m release clause in his contract, meaning that at least one club is likely to discuss terms with him this summer.
The details of the clause means that the Foxes are only obliged to accept the highest offer above the £20m threshold but, with a number of clubs interested, Chelsea are thought to be willing to outbid their rivals up to around £30m to secure the former Caen player.
Kante signed for the Foxes just a year ago for £5.6m, instantly becoming a key member of the squad which took the Premier League by storm last season, providing the technically correct defensive foil to the speed and attacking might of the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy – who has already signed a new contract of his own.
A switch to the Blues could be seen – for next season, at least – as a step down for Kante, relinquishing his first chance for Champions League football to join a team which finished just 10th in the Premier League last season.
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