Manchester United want to sign Chelsea star Kante for Ten Hag

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Manchester United reportedly want to sign Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, with the Red Devils eager to bring the French international in Erik Ten Hag’s first summer in charge of the club.

According to the Athletic, the Dutch manager is keen to improve United’s midfield options in the transfer window, and the Manchester giants want to add Kante to their ranks, with the Chelsea star’s future in west London currently on the ropes.

The £30m 2016 signing from Leicester City has arguably endured his worst season yet in the Premier League, with injuries plaguing Kante’s time and performances as a whole being well-below par for the 31-year-old Parisian. And United are smelling an opportunity.

Kante won’t be the first midfielder United have signed from Chelsea in recent years, with Nemanja Matic making the move to Manchester in 2017 under the reign of Jose Mourinho, and now the Red Devils want to bring the France World Cup winner this summer.

As per the report, Kante is facing an uncertain future at Chelsea with the midfielder having just 12 months remaining on his contract with the Blues, with talks over a new deal yet to start as Italian international Jorginho also sits in a similar boat to his midfield partner.

Indeed, there’s no denying Kante’s influence on Chelsea over the years, but if United want to sign the midfielder this summer, the Blues must have an incredible replacement lined-up if they are to allow the Frenchman to depart for Manchester in the coming weeks.

Kante sale to United only makes sense if Chelsea have a plan

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With Todd Boehly now in charge of the money at Chelsea, replacing Kante with a superstar midfielder could be the American’s first big play as owner of the Blues, and if the businessman is able to deliver on his promises of investing in the men’s side this summer, losing the 31-year-old could not be so bad.

Chelsea look to sign a central midfielder regardless of where Kante ends up this summer, yet if United are able to pay a decent fee for the former Leicester star, the west London side could find themselves in a good position to replace their Premier League and UEFA Champions League-winning dynamo.

Football journalist and 2018 Sport Journalism graduate from the University of Brighton.