Report: £16m Chelsea player now considering leaving Stamford Bridge, two clubs could try sign him in January

Juventus and Inter Milan are both reportedly interested in signing Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante.

Kante, who moved to Stamford Bridge back in 2016, has already created an incredible legacy for himself with the Blues.

The 31-year-old is a unique box-to-box midfielder that makes it look like Chelsea have an extra player on the pitch when he’s fit and firing.

However, the Frenchman has had numerous injury problems creep into his game in the past couple of years, including an ongoing hamstring problem that has seen him miss most of this season so far. In fact, it’s even kept him out of this winter’s World Cup.

Kante is currently out of contract next summer with the Blues, so many supporters are fearful that this could be his last campaign with them.

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Juventus and Inter Milan interested in Kante

Juventus and Inter, who are two of the biggest clubs in Italy and Europe, have set their sights on Kante.

According to La Repubblica, the Serie A duo may actually try to sign Chelsea’s central midfielder in January.

It is understood it would cost around €18million (£16million) to convince Graham Potter’s side to sell him in the New Year, though.

The report adds that Kante is currently considering leaving the club and trying a new experience outside the Premier League.

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This latest story suggests Kante may be weighing up leaving in the summer when his current deal expires. There’s even a chance clubs may try sign him even sooner, too.

However, any worried Chelsea supporter should take note of a claim earlier this week.

Journalist Simon Phillips reported that Chelsea want to keep Kante and he’s happy to stay. The parties were still a way off agreeing to an actual deal, though.

A fully fit Kante would still be one of the standout individuals at Stamford Bridge, so the Blues need to weigh up if he’s worth another big contract.

You simply have to factor in his injury record when you look ahead, but trying to find a replacement would be an impossible task.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.