Despite Antonio Conte wanting the French midfielder, it is clear that Inter hierarchy is having no interest to buy Kante. The former Leicester man is being linked away from Chelsea this summer.
Frank Lampard has also addressed that Kante is an important figure for their squad. Instead, someone else will be offloaded if required to bring in a class midfielder.
Chelsea are linked with West Ham’s Declan Rice to add quality in the middle of the park. However, Hammers aren’t reducing his £80m asking price. The Blues are doing everything to get him in.
The Blues considered Kante’s move earlier to raise funds for Rice’s deal. At present, there are no talks. Chelsea spent £250m in the transfer window for a cluster of signings.
Kante staying at Stamford Bridge
Kante sustained an injury-plagued season. The 29-year-old found it difficult to have enough game minutes under his belt. He was eyed by Inter Milan. The Italian side prepared a swap deal involving Brozovic or Christian Eriksen for Kante.
But it didn’t entertain the Blues at all. They slapped a £45m price tag on Kante. Inter retracted from the deal then on. Now, Ausilio denied further negotiation talks.
He said, “Kante is not on the market, he’s a starter at Chelsea. We’re not in talks for him also because we’ve already 8 midfielders in our team.”
Chelsea will instead allow academy graduate, Ruben-Loftus Cheek to leave. His move will bring in the necessary fund to get Rice. Lille’s Soumare is also an option.
Skriniar can be considered
Inter chief also confirmed that Milan Skriniar won’t be leaving this summer but can be considered. He mentioned that Tottenham have had a meeting this week.
Skriniar’s future was in doubt since Antonio Conte preferred veteran Diego Godin over him in the latter stages of last campaign. Spurs were monitoring the situation after losing Jan Vertonghen on free.
Jose Mourinho’s side has few prominent center-backs at his disposal with Davinson Sanchez or Alderweirld being partnered with Eric Dier. After Sergi Reguilon and Gareth Bale’s transfer, they are gunning for another signing.
Ausilio said,” Skriniar to Tottenham? He’s part of our project here at Inter. But I don’t know if an important bid will arrive in the coming day. It’s possible that the club will consider it because of the financial situation”