The impending arrival of Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager has brought with him plenty of midfield rumors. From the biggest fish in the market, Paul Pogba, to less glamorous but still quite exciting targets like Vidal and Nainggolan.
Our new “target” is much less exotic and has a very uncrazy hairstyle. His name is N’Golo Kanté. The recently capped French international has been a revelation in the center of the field for surprise title contenders, Leicester City. His partnership with Drinkwater has been mouthwatering to watch over the course of this season and it has brought plenty of admirers for the 25 year-old. The player himself has admitted that he is not opposed to a move somewhere else, in response to rumors:
“I will fight for Leicester this season and next season we never know and we will see. At this moment I am focused on Leicester. We have to finish well this season but I don’t mind about [being linked with] the other clubs.”
“We will fight for the title but it is not [our] due. We have to fight in every game. There are seven games left. We hope to win the league, but it’s not finished.”
Kanté has only just arrived to the Island of Britain last summer, for a mini-fee of 8 million Euros. A deal that could very well have gone under the radar, but is looking like the best bit of business to happen in the Premier League in the past summer.
That however, should not give Chelsea fans the idea that we are going to get the hard-working midfielder on the cheap. We are most definitely not going to have any kind or form of European football to offer Kanté, while he could play in the the Champions League if he were to stay with Leicester. There is also the fact that with the high finish and the money it brings this season, the current Premier League leaders don’t really need the money, and will most likely want to strengthen the squad for what could be the very first title defense in their history, and selling one of their players does not follow such a master plan.
On the other side, Kanté could make a more sense than the others. Because unless we get a REALLY good deal on Pogba (that is if we were lucky enough to get any deal), we are most likely going to get the best value for money if we sign Kanté, who is a few years young than both Vidal and Nainggolan, is locally proven, and with his price, he will not be an indisputable starter for us, which will still leave some room for our youngsters to get game time. My personal opinion is that we are much better served spending the most money on upgrades for our defense, our weakest link this term.
So with our season effectively over, all we can do is sit and pray that our off-season can be better than our actual campaign.