Reports have claimed that Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is currently unwilling to offer N’golo Kante the contract he wants.
According to Mail Online, the Frenchman is looking for a four year deal to remain at the club, and could leave for free next summer if the situation is not resolved.
The 31-year-old has been absent from the Blues squad since the second game of the season, where he picked up an injury late against Tottenham.
In this time, the Blues have struggled to replace the qualities that they lose without him, with them enduring a very average start to the campaign.
Graham Potter issued some encouraging news that he was getting to a lot better stage in his recovery, although he won’t be available for tonight’s key Champions League game against AC Milan.
Kante could leave for free
However, the new man in charge will have no impact on discussions regarding Kante’s contract, with Mail Online suggesting Boehly is only offering a two year contract, with there being an option for a third.
This is the same deal offered to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when he signed for the club, with him joining at the age of 33.
However, the report goes on to say that Kante is pointing to the four year deal offered to Kalidou Koulibaly earlier this summer as a reference point, with the pair being the same age.
Losing Kante would be such a big loss to the Blues, with there being no one else in football who can do what he does to the standard he does it.
It would take a world-class signing to even start to try and replace the Frenchman, with Jude Bellingham one of the only obvious options available next summer.
While the owners are obviously weighing up his injury situation when making him a contract offer, they should not forget just how dominant he is when fully fit.