It’s apparently been decided that now is the time to talk about N’Golo Kanté, from whether he fits into a three-man midfield (again) — an assessment that’s surely impossible after twelve injury-hit months, but that ain’t stopping anybody — to whether his long-term prospects remain and/or should remain with Chelsea (that’s new!).
The harsh facts, to which we’ve slowly clocked on over the course of the season, is that Kanté is now less than a year from the big 3-0 and combined with his small-ish yet quite persistent injuries of late, there is a good chance he’s now past the peak of his world class powers. That doesn’t make him “bad”, per se, but it does mean that the question of whether he should be sold if the correct offer arrives isn’t greeted with an immediate stoning and shame for your extended family.
Real Madrid and PSG have been credited with long-term interest, and it’s the former who are being linked once again this week, with Zinedine Zidane quite aware of the need of a proper engine in
a Bentley midfield.
Kanté, as Chelsea’s record earner at near or over £300k per week for three more years, may be ungettable. And there’s a good chance that he should be ungettable, that Chelsea should not consider a sale under any circumstances. There are certainly no other players in the squad at the moment who can imitate a fully fit Kanté, let alone deputize for him.
But L’Equipe (via Football Italia) claim that Chelsea’s asking price is actually €70m.