According to French radio station RMC and other sources, Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kanté will be joining Chelsea on a €36 million transfer fee after meeting terms with the club. The Frenchman reportedly rejected offers from other top clubs to choose Antonio Conte's "project" at the Blues.
N'Golo #Kante swayed by Antonio Conte's "project" at Chelsea. Rejected 2 Premier League teams and 1 top European club.— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) 15 July 2016
RMC reports Kanté will sign a five-year deal with the Blues, and is set to undergo a medical in the next 48 hours. Meanwhile, the Telegraph claims that Chelsea are hoping to confirm Kanté's acquisition this weekend.
The midfielder hasn't joined Leicester's preseason camp in Austria as he was given more time off due to his participation in Euro 2016 with France. His club manager Claudio Ranieri revealed that the Foxes offered Kanté a new contract before he went to the tournament, and, with several big clubs showing interest in his services, have been trying to convince him to stay ever since. Apparently they were not successful.
Yesterday, new boss Antonio Conte said that Chelsea were keenly aware of the need to bring further reinforcements in to the first-team squad, and that we were looking to make up to three signings in that regard.
Kanté would certainly be a major improvement over our current set of midfielders, bringing a skill-set sorely missed by the team last season.