You knew that the Leicester City Premier League title, the greatest upset in the history of sports, would inevitably lead to the English giants targeting their star players. Either the big boys will poach the Foxes’ brightest stars, or Leicester will have to give them all a big salary increase in order to retain them.
Arsenal triggered Jamie Vardy‘s release clause, but they didn’t end up landing him when all was said and done. The Gunners also targeted Vardy’s teammate, Riyad Mahrez, the reigning PFA Player of the Year, reportedly, and N’Golo Kante.
However, it’s not just Arsenal who landed Kante, but their London rivals Chelsea. According to multiple reports, Kante is on the move to Stamford Bridge, and a general agreement has been reached. ESPN FC quotes and links three different sources on covering this deal:
The Premier League teams have reached an agreement on a transfer fee of around £29.2 million, including add-ons, The Guardian reported.
Sky Sports said the fee could reach as high as £32 million.
Kante is set to sign a five-year deal that will pay him about £120,000 a week, according to The Express, reportedly triple what he made with Leicester last season.
It was just yesterday that new Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte said he views Leicester as an inspirational example for his team. In making this move he’s taking that ideal from the metaphorical arena to the literal/practical.
The Telegraph is another publication that has been on top of this story from the get go.
Three days ago they published an article that went detailed how Chelsea moved quickly to formalize their interest in Kante, acting less than 24 hours after his French team was upset by Portugal in the Euro final.
Back on June 24th, the same outlet wrote that “Leicester City will offer N’Golo Kante £100,000-a-week in a bid to ward off Chelsea, PSG and Arsenal.”
N’Golo Kante is a huge splash signing for Chelsea this summer transfer window; and nicely complements striker Michy Batshuyai.