Chelsea overtake Real Madrid in the fight for a Premier League star

Chelsea overtake Real Madrid in the fight for a Premier League star

N'Golo Kante
N'Golo Kante during a Premier League match - Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

In the last few days, Los Blancos are losing the opportunity to sign two important French players. Firstly, Manchester United offered more money for Paul Pogba and the Juventus player is expected to sign with the Red Devils. And now Chelsea have overtaken Real Madrid in the fight for N’Golo Kanté, the Leicester midfielder.

Chelsea are able to pay the release clause of £20M as soon as possible and get the French team for their squad. Antonio Conte is really interested in the stopper and he has told Roman Abramovich to get him quickly.

However, Chelsea is not the only club in the bid. According to The Telegraph, the Chinese team Shanghai SIPG would have made a bid of £35M for the French international. At this point, Leicester would prefer to sell Kanté to the Chinese team because the offer is higher and they wouldn’t face Kanté in the Premier League but the footballer doesn’t want to leave the European football for the Asian one. He is only 25 years old and Kanté prefers to fight for more titles in his career.

In this way, it’s pretty clear that Kanté will not continue in the Premier League champion another year. Leicester City offered him a new contract with a £100.000 weekly salary but the French player rejected it.

Zinedine Zidane wanted to sign N’Golo Kanté and he was one of his priorities for the next season. The coach knows the squad needs another player with defensive skills apart from Casemiro and another stopper would be needed. Having a look at the market, Kanté was one of the best players available and the price was really affordable.

If Real Madrid also fails to sign Kanté, Los Blancos would have left go both Kanté and Pogba, who is about to sign for Manchester United according to some reports. Valencia midfielder André Gomes was also in the wish list but he has another profile, much more offensive.