Report: Chelsea have asked N'Golo Kante whether they should sign 26-year-old, they now want to buy him

Reports suggest Chelsea have consulted N’golo Kante about potentially signing Presnel Kimpembe this summer.

According to The Evening Standard, the discussions have left the club keen to complete the signing of the 26-year-old this summer.

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The club are keen to continue to add to their defensive reinforcements following the acquisition of Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.

It has been widely reported that Thomas Tuchel is keen on adding another two options at centre-back, so he can still operate in the back three formation that has brought him success so far during his time in England.

With Antonio Rudiger’s departure leaving a huge void on the left of defence, it is likely the club are looking for a suitable option to feature there from next season.

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Chelsea ask Kante about Kimpembe

This has reportedly brought them towards Kimpembe, with the Evening Standard claiming Kante was approached to give his view on the potential of signing his international teammate.

The report goes on to claim that veteran defender Thiago Silva was also spoken to over the deal, with the pair playing together at PSG before the Brazilian’s move to Stamford Bridge.

It appears the discussions encouraged the Blues towards getting the move done, with them making an opening offer to the French champions, reportedly close to the asking fee slapped on the 26-year-old.

Kimpembe holds the necessary skills on the ball to slot straight into the backline, and being left footed will allow him a natural transition to slot in alongside Ben Chilwell.

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With the report of even more additions at the back, the club could turn their interests back to Jules Kounde from Sevilla, who is still looking to secure his long-awaited move away from the Spanish side.

Barcelona are also interested in a deal, so it is expected the Blues are to act quickly if they are to secure their long-term target.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.