Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante is a target for Inter as they look to bolster their midfield ahead of the upcoming season. Kante was an essential part of Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side of a few years ago but the Frenchman is no longer as important for the Blues and is no longer deemed indispensable.
Inter finished only a solitary point behind eventual champions Juventus and will be confident of their title chances going into next season. The Nerazzurri will hope they can capitalize on the current uncertainty at the Allianz Stadium with a new manager having just joined.
Inter may be willing to sell Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic in order to make space for Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante. They have already completed the signing of Moroccan wing-back Achraf Hakimi and may need to free up funds for Kante’s transfer.
Kante is believed to earn around £150,000-a-week in West London – and is still contracted until 2023. Antonio Conte may have trouble convincing Inter’s board to splash out that kind of salary on his key target.
They may, however, yield to his demand in order to appease head coach the Italian who despite an abundance of options at his disposal, wants a top-tier midfielder — and one who isn’t washed up yet, such as Arturo Vidal or Radja Nainggolan, who have also been linked. As we know, Conte always wants the best, and Kanté is the best of the best.
While few would question Kante’s quality, the popular 5ft 6in midfielder has struggled with persistent injury woes this season. Because of a succession of ankle and hamstring problems, he has featured in just 27 of the Blues’ 50 games in all competitions this term.
Selling Kante would have looked highly impossible a few seasons ago. But given his recent injury records and Chelsea’s proposed rebuild, it may be in the best interest of both parties to part ways especially as he may be in the last saloon territory as regards commanding a reasonable transfer fee.
If Inter are unsuccessful in their pursuit of Kante, they could be well looking towards Tottenham’s Ndombele who has struggled in North London so far following his move from Lyon.