Chelsea may be hopeful of eventually winning the race for N'Golo Kante's signature, but Leicester City certainly won't be giving up without a fight and extended negotiations. Given the importance of Kante to their squad, it's the least that's expected.
According to the latest report, the Premier League champions will be making an "improved counter-offer" after their Player of the Season rejected their initial contract extension terms.
Leicester have already offered the midfielder a huge deal worth £100,000 a week - which he is understood to have turned down - but the Premier League champions are now prepared to make an improved counter-offer.
The £100k per week would've already made Kante their joint-highest paid player (alongside new contract-man Jamie Vardy), now they're ready to pay him even more. Of course, £100k for Chelsea, even without the extra Champions League income is basically nothing. Chances are, however high Leicester are willing to go, we'd be willing to go as well.
The big question is how much higher than Leicester's final offer will we have to go in order to sway Kante to leave the champions and guaranteed European football behind for Chelsea and Conte and the possibility of future trophies.