Report: Chelsea could slash the asking price for their £30m player this summer, but buyers have one big concern
Chelsea’s N’golo Kante is reportedly still on Manchester United’s radar, with the Frenchman reportedly potentially available for a reduced fee.
The Athletic are reporting the Blues may be forced to accept a lower amount for the player, given his current contract has just one year remaining.
The Frenchman has been imperious in his six-year spell at Stamford Bridge, winning the Premier League in his first season with the club under Antonio Conte. He joined from Leicester City for £30m after helping them to their miracle title-winning season.
The 2021 Champions League midfielder of the season was crucial in the club’s key games as they achieved European glory in 2021.
However, injuries and competition in midfield places have limited his game time, with the diminutive tackler making just 26 appearances in the Premier League this season.
This could twist Thomas Tuchel’s arm with making a decision on the 31-year-old’s future, with The Athletic reporting the situation may have perked United’s interest.
They suggest however Erik ten Hag’s side are concerned with the fitness record of Kante, despite the possibility of acquiring his services at a reduced price.
United are looking to rebuild after an extremely underwhelming season, where they finished in 6th position.
Chelsea should not let Kante go to United. While the Frenchman may not be able to pull out the all-time performances on quite as regular a basis, his skillset is very different to fellow midfielders at the club.
Seen in fixtures against Liverpool in particular, the 31-year-old’s midfield partnership with Kovacic countered the Reds well, with his ball-winning and ability to transition the ball forwards quickly helps Chelsea in games where counter attacking is a lot more important.
Other occasions where this is crucial are Champions League matches, particularly away from home, where the scenario typically leads to cagey affairs. The final against Manchester City just a year ago is the perfect example, where Kante kept the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden extremely quiet.