Report: Mauricio Pochettino has requested summer signing of Chelsea player to PSG board

Mauricio Pochettino has included Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante in the three-man summer transfer shortlist that he submitted to the Paris Saint-Germain board, according to Argentinian outlet El Sol.

PSG fell short by just one point in the race for Ligue 1 title as LOSC Lille clinched their first title in 10 years.

Although to be fair, it is not Pochettino’s sole responsibility since he only took over from current Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel in December. At that point, PSG were already one point behind Lille and Lyon.

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Pochettino is now keen on strengthening his squad, and according to the Argentinian report, he has already submitted a three-man list of his summer targets to the board.

The reported list contains Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez, and Kante.

The report further added that the former Tottenham Hotspur manager sees Kante as an ideal midfield partner for Marco Verratti.

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Perhaps it is rather inevitable that the energetic midfielder would attract interest from several clubs after his dominant performances this season.

Particularly after he showcased back-to-back man-of-the-match displays in the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

The Blues might want to cash in on some of their players in order to fund potential future transfers. Kante, however, should be one of the last names that Chelsea would want to sell.

Despite his reoccurring injury issues in the last couple of seasons, the 30-year-old has arguably been one of the few Chelsea players that can be reliably perform in big games.

As things stand, he is under contract with Chelsea for the next two years (until 2023). Even if the club is not planning on offering a new contract, selling him and eventually having to find a replacement may prove very costly.

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