Italian media are not giving up on making N’Golo Kanté’s reunion with Antonio Conte at Inter Milan happen. Inter’s interest in the Chelsea midfielder is certainly not new, with with past reports even claiming that the Nerazzurri have made signing him a top priority in this transfer window.
However, even a Suning-backed Inter do not have endless troves of cash lying around, and therefore, will need to sell before they can buy.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sempre Inter), Conte is willing to let go one of Lautaro Martínez, Marcelo Brozović, or Milan Škriniar to help fund a move for Kanté. In another report, the same outlet claims that Frank Lampard no longer deems Kanté as “unsellable” and Chelsea are apparently willing to do business at €50m (Corriere dello Sport meanwhile, have put that figure at €60m with Chelsea uninterested in swap deals of any kind).
If that sounds like a whole lot of speculation, that’s because it is. (Ed.note: Although if Inter want to sell us Škriniar in an unrelated move, we should be biting their hand off.)
That said, Inter are in the market for a midfielder, a “No.8”. Borja Valero has left the team as a free agent, while the futures of Roberto Gagliardini and Matias Vecino are also uncertain. Tanguy Ndombele and Thomas Partey are two of the more likely options, while Arturo Vidal’s arrival is likely to happen in addition to the aforementioned potential transfers.
Inter were strongly linked with one-time Chelsea target Sandro Tonali as well, but the 20-year-old is now likely to sign for Inter rivals, AC Milan — which supposedly will have no bearing on Tiémoué Bakayoko’s move to Milan, where Chelsea are still pushing for an obligation-to-buy instead of just an option.