Thiago Motta’s career is nearing its end and PSG need a replacement for his 7-year presence in the center of their midfield. Since money is no object, that solution seems to be Chelsea’s midfield jewel and intercepting god, N’Golo Kante.
According to Paris United, who made their name by correctly predicting the Neymar transfer last summer, PSG are back in for Kante for a third time. The first time was in the summer of 2016 when Chelsea beat them to his signing from Leicester City. The second time was when Paris United broke the news back in January of 2018 that PSG’s sporting director Antero Henrique had met with Kanté’s agent. All along, Kanté himself has denied any such intentions.
That brings us to now: a third approach for Kante. Quite stubborn, those fellas at Paris, aren’t they?
According to the report, Antero Henrique is looking at Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl along with Chelsea’s finest. Considering Weigl’s connection with PSG’s new manager, Thomas Tuchel, it would make a lot of sense for them to make Weigl their priority ... but as good as the 22-year-old may be and will be, it’s Kanté who sits at the top of their list. Having witnessed Kanté’s excellence first-hand for the last couple years, we can surely understand (if not agree with) their priorities.
Reportedly, it’s Kanté’s agent, Karim Douis, who is pushing for the move and not Kanté himself. Douis has apparently been pushing for the transfer for months, presumably, due to the fact that it’s his job, at least until the end of this calendar year. The report also claims that Kanté’s “entourage” is pushing the 27-year-old to sign as well, and that Kanté himself is “no longer completely closed to the idea”.
Of course, all this could just be pure speculation on the part of Paris United, including the part about PSG potentially offering €80m ... which surely is laughable in today’s market conditions for the man who finished 8th in the 2017 Ballon d’Or voting despite playing the most unglamorous position on the pitch.
️ N'GOLO KANTE is the priority of PSG this summer according to @parisunited6. Paris sporting director Antero Henrique talks with Kante's agent for a move. From this local source, the player seems open to join the french champion. PSG could offer 80M€. #CFC #PSG #Mercato— François Piraux (@F8Piraux) June 10, 2018