Chelsea hope to complete a deal for Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante in the next 48 hours, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The Londoners are on the cusp of securing Kante’s signature after he told Leicester of his desire to leave. Chelsea had made a £29m bid for the midfielder’s services on Wednesday, and look set to land their man over the course of the weekend.
The report goes on to state that Kante will sign a five-year contract with Chelsea if he agrees to depart the East Midlands for London.
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said Kante had sole responsibility over deciding whether to end his year-long affiliation with the Foxes.
The 25-year-old is eager to join new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, and will become the Italian’s second summer signing if he decides to join.
The Blues have already signed striker Michy Batshuayi as Conte begins to leave his own imprint on his first-team squad.
During his official unveiling as Chelsea manager on Thursday, Conte stated his desire to strengthen the playing resources available to him. He said: “We are talking with the club and we know that this club – the team – needs to reinforce.
“I am sure that in the coming days we can reach our target to reinforce the team to go closer to the other teams that now seem to stay higher in the table compared to Chelsea. In the coming days, we can buy one, two, three players. Players that can reinforce us for the season as it will be very, very tough.”
Kante joined Leicester from French outfit Caen in July 2015 for a fee thought to be worth around £7.5m.
The France international impressed during his first season at the King Power Stadium, making 37 league appearances as he helped Leicester win their first ever league title.
His form earned him a maiden call-up to the French national side, with Kante featuring four times at the recent Euro 2016 Championship.