The 25-year-old has been strongly linked with a move away from Leicester after playing a key part in guiding them to the Premier League title last season.

And he now looks set complete his move to Chelsea from the King Power Stadium with confirming the Frenchman has agreed a five-year contract with Antonio Conte’s side. 

It has also been claimed the Blues have had a £30million (36m euros) bid accepted by the Foxes for the holding midfielder and he will undergo a medical at Stamford Bridge within the next 48 hours.

Claudio Ranieri has admitted he does not want to lose Kante, but he conceded that he would understand if he wants to leave. 

“We offered a new contract to him, he went away because he wanted to finish Euro 2016, and now there is so much speculation around him,” said Ranieri. 

“I don’t want to lose him but I can understand if he wants to go.

“I would like now to be sure who stays with me or not, because the friendly matches start now and I have to start to manage and change and try things.”

Kante will become Conte’s second signing of the summer window after agreeing a £33m deal for Michy Batshuayi from Marseille.