The hunt for Leicester’s top players continues. After Jamie Vardy confirmed that he wants to continue with the Foxes for one more season and Riyad Mahrez’s potential move to Arsenal is also uncertain, it’s time for N’Golo Kante to deal with all the rumors regarding a transfer this summer.
Initially, it was rumored that the Frenchman was under Chelsea’s radar, but the multiple sources are linking him with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. The midfielder caught the eye of Los Galacticos after his impressive season with Leicester, being a very important part of their shocking Premier League success.
Even more, Kante’s performances for France also played an important role in generating interest. He would be a huge signing for Real Madrid, as they’re looking forward to reinforcing the squad. The player could be used alongside Casemiro, who is currently Madrid’s only out-and-out defensive midfielder.
Manager Zinedine Zidane has been keeping an eye on Kante for a while now and praised him multiple times. He could also notice the resemblance with his former Real Madrid teammate Claude Makelele.
“I see Makelele mirrored in Kante when he plays,” Zidane said.
N’Golo Kante has a release clause of €25.5m and paying it shouldn’t be a problem for Real Madrid, a team well-known for paying enormous amounts of money for the players they want. Of course, they are competing with Chelsea and Arsenal, the other two giants interested in his signature.
When asked about the player’s future at Leicester, manager Claudio Ranieri considers that he could play an important role in the team for one more season.
“I think he should rest [stay] here, he’s working very well,” Ranier said. But if big teams arrive that will give us a lot of money, maybe we can think about it if he’s not happy here and wants to go. I don’t want sad people here – I want my players to be happy.”
Last summer, Real Madrind had the chance to sign N’Golo Kante, but the transfer wasn’t completed, as the player wasn’t considered a “true class footballer”.