Surprising Chelsea star on Paris Saint-Germain’s radar

Paris Saint-Germain are keen to secure the signatures of Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante

After a groundbreaking summer, Paris Saint-Germain hasn’t been linked with any player for this season, but that is until now. Le10sport is reporting that PSG is targeting N’Golo Kante for the summer. The reigning PFA Player of the Year has won the last two Premier League with Leicester City and Chelsea respectively.

The combative Frenchman plied his trade in France with SM Caen before moving to Leicester. In his three years in England, Kante has developed into one of the best midfielders in the world.

Les Parisians see him as a perfect successor to Thiago Motta. The 35-year-old is in his 5th year at PSG and has started to slow down. PSG identified the issue and was looking to bring in Fabinho this summer. However, Monaco would not allow their domestic rivals to poach another of their star after Kylian Mbappe followed the same path.

The report also states that Parisians see this move as a long shot themselves. This can be attributed the fact that Kante is well settled in England and is one of the first names on Chelsea’s teamsheet.

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N’Golo Kante with the Premier League trophy

Moreover, they themselves prioritise reinforcing other areas of the pitch before moving for the 26-year-old. Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler and Lucas Moura are all reportedly on their way out of Parc des Princes. These speculated transfers could leave PSG short on the wings. The club would hence want to buy backups for Neymar and Mbappe before submitting a bid for Kante. PSG’s second priority is buying a new left-back. Layvin Kurzawa is Unai Emery’s first choice at the moment but the coach would like to have an upgrade on the Frenchman.

Author’s Take

N’Golo Kante’s departure would be disastrous for Antonio Conte and Chelsea. However, as the report itself states that the move going through is a longshot. Getting Kante would be a coup for PSG and can solve the club’s several defensive issues. However, the talk of a possible transfer should remain just that, talk.

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