Chelsea are facing a battle to hold onto another talisman with Paris Saint-Germain reportedly eager for N’Golo Kante to follow soon-to-depart Eden Hazard out of the exit door. Chelsea just need to agree a fee for Hazard with Real Madrid with the winger making his desire to quit Stamford Bridge clear.
Express Sport understands the Blues are demanding around £112m for the Belgian, who will be out of contract next summer. Maurizio Sarri will be desperate not to lose any more of his key players, with a transfer ban meaning they cannot be replaced.
However, PSG are poised to give Chelsea chiefs a fresh dilemma to deal with as Kante is on their wanted list. According to the Mirror, Kante is the man PSG have identified to bolster their midfield ahead of another tilt at Champions League glory next season.
The Frenchman is widely regarded as one of the world’s best defensive midfielders and he has turned the heads of Parc des Princes chiefs. PSG’s interest in Kante comes after they decided to shelve plans to launch a fresh raid on Everton for Idrissa Gueye.
The Ligue 1 champions held talks with the Toffees over a deal for the Senegal international during the January transfer window.They had hoped to reignite a move, but Everton have proven reluctant to entertain the idea of Gueye leaving Goodison Park.
PSG can offer Kante a mega-bucks contract with their Qatari owners ready to pump in as much money as it takes to secure success in Europe. At 28, Kante might see the prospective switch as his last big chance to secure a bumper pay day.
Chelsea may hold firm, however, with Kante on a decent enough deal which will theoretically keep him in west London until 2023. That could force PSG to turn to their third-choice defensive midfield target – Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Doucoure was powerless to prevent Manchester City running riot and beating the Hornets in Saturday’s FA Cup final. But he has a host of admirers across Europe, with PSG chiefs seemingly providing glowing reports on him. Watford paid £6m for Doucoure in 2016 and stand to make a mammoth profit if they are convinced to let him go.