N’Golo Kante is Paris Saint-Germain’s No.1 choice to replace Thiago Motta this summer, according to reports in France.
The Chelsea midfielder is an integral member of Antonio Conte‘s side, but PSG believe they may be able to convince Kante to return to France.
Chelsea will resist any and all moves to tempt Kante away from the club, but PSG are plotting a summer transfer nonetheless.
Kante began his career in his homeland, before Leicester City plucked him from Ligue 1 in 2015. Kante helped the Foxes win a Premier League title against all the odds and was then sold to Chelsea for a £26.4million profit.
Le 10 Sport claim PSG are desperate to replace Motta with the 36-year-old at the end of his tenure in Paris and on the verge of an exit.
Motta has been the anchor of PSG’s midfield since arriving in 2012, but as the Brazilian approaches 36, the French giants have identified Kante as his replacement.
Kante, 26, won the league title in his first season at Chelsea, becoming the first player to win successive Premier League trophies at two different clubs.
Chelsea have endured a dismal defence of their title and the defending champions are 19 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City.
Kante would cost a pretty penny considering his age, pedigree and the current state of the transfer market.
Conte would be aghast to lose Kante, who has been ever present despite a difficult season, but the uncertainty surrounding the Italian’s position at Stamford Bridge may give PSG the chance to pounce.
Kante has made 32 appearances this season and has been substituted just twice this campaign in the 23 Premier League games he has played in.
PSG have installed Kante as a priority signing this summer as the Ligue 1 side looks to continue building a team capable of winning the Champions League.