PSG have reportedly expressed interest in signing Chelsea midfielder – and Arsenal target – N’Golo Kante, according to reports.
Kante has been one of the Premier League’s top midfielders ever since he joined Leicester in the summer of 2015.
At the time, the Frenchman was a relative unknown outside of his home nation, with the Foxes spending £5.6 million to bring the midfielder in from Ligue 1 side Caen.
But it wasn’t long before the world took notice of the defensive midfielder, known for his tenacious pressing, work rate and tackling abilities.
And since helping Leicester to a shock Premier League triumph, and his subsequent move to Chelsea, Kante has further cemented his reputation as one of the best midfielders on the planet. A maiden Champions League title arrived with the Blues in 2021.
But Kante has begun to struggle with injuries more often in recent seasons. In fact, he will miss the World Cup as a result of a hamstring injury suffered in August.
The Frenchman been restricted to just two appearances, both in the Premier League, this season due to the injury, and the subsequent surgery he underwent last month means he will not return to action until 2023.
However, that hasn’t stopped teams expressing an interest in signing him, especially given his contract will expire in the summer.
And, as per Foot Mercato in France, Arsenal are one of those teams, with the Gunners on the lookout for a midfielder to add to their squad. However, Fabrizio Romano claimed last month that Arteta’s side had made ‘no approach’ for the player.
Now, they may now face some major competition if they want to secure his signature this time around.
PSG join race for N’Golo Kante
Bild journalist Christian Falk has confirmed, via his official Twitter account, that PSG are keen on bringing Kante to Parc des Princes this summer.
He tweeted: “TRUE. PSG is interested in N’Golo Kante (31). He can leave Chelsea as a free agent this summer.”
Kante has previously attracted the interest of the French giants. They attempted to sign him in 2019, when future Blues boss Thomas Tuchel was in charge.
After Tuchel’s appointment at Stamford Bridge last year, the Frenchman told Chelsea’s official website: “I knew in the past there was some contact with Paris Saint-Germain when he was the manager, but it was not something I wanted.
N’Golo Kante pictured in action for Chelsea (Credit: Alamy)”It did not happen, because I was happy at Chelsea and I stayed here. I haven’t spoken to the manager about it!”
What could change the direction of Kante’s future is that the Blues, as reported by 90min, ‘fear’ that their midfielder could join their London rivals in Arsenal.
But journalist Robin Bairner told GiveMeSport earlier this week that talks did ‘break down’ between the two parties over an extension, with his future remaining uncertain.