Transfer Tussle: N’Golo Kante Update – Arsenal, Chelsea and PSG Situations

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The future of Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante is certainly not clear, and the player has admitted he will make his decision on where his future lies upon the conclusion of Euro 2016.

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PSG

PSG are desperate to land Leicester City’s midfield ace Kante and the Parisians are ready to offer Kante a five-year contract to try and persuade the midfielder to go back to France.

Leicester signed Kante for a bargain price of £5.6 million from Caen last summer after another good coup found by Leicester’s scouts. Worryingly for the Foxes, Kante has a €25m exit clause in his contract which can be triggered by any interested clubs.

According to the Daily Mirror, French champions PSG have already held talks with Kante’s agent about a five-year contract which seems likely to persuade Kante.

PSG have dominated Ligue 1 for many seasons but want to add to their squad to push on in the Champions League. Blaise Matuidi has been a rock for PSG since his arrival in 2011 going on to make 165 appearances scoring 19 goals. We take a look at how Matuidi compares with Kante after both players had a very successful season. Kante, who has been outstanding this season won 3.72 tackles which is better than Matuidi’s score of 2.36. Kante shows he has the aerial presence over Matuidi too after winning 1.13 aerial duels whilst Matuidi is once again behind on 0.79. PSG who totally dominate France are a possession based team, and Matuidi thrives in that area with a 92% pass completion rate, Kante is behind by 10% scoring 82%. Central midfielders recycle the ball and should try and push the ball forward, Matuidi shows his qualities with 43.23 forward passes per 90 minutes which is larger than Kante who manages just 26.94. Both players have been admirable this season but Kante just pips Matuidi with total duels winning 45.67% with the latter managing 42.91%.

Kante was outstanding last season and was a key factor in Leicester City’s miracle. Although Leicester City will play Champions League football next season the Foxes know it will be hard to keep hold of their midfield gem and have already prepared for his exit after holding initial talks with Victor Wanyama.

Kante want’s to concentrate on the Euros and not been drawn into transfer speculation.

“I am a Leicester player. For now, I have not taken a decision even if I have been made offers. It will be great to play in the Champions League. I will decide my future after the Euros.”

PSG will be joined by Arsenal and Chelsea this summer battling it out for the French international with all three clubs interested in electric holding midfielder too.

Chelsea

Chelsea are also in talks to sign Kante, but are also interested in Roma’s Radja Nainggolan. Statistically, Kante is miles ahead of Nainggolan when comparing stats from last season. The Frenchman has managed more interceptions (4.64), aerial duels won (1.13) and tackles won (3.72). In fact, in the five areas analysed, Nainggolan is only ahead in terms of passes completed (85%), completing 3% more passes, on average than Kante.

Arsenal

Arsenal are continuing to pursue a deal for Kante, according to reports. Despite the arrival of Granit Xhaka, Kante could arrive if Aaron Ramsey or Jack Wilshere leave, although that appears unlikely at this stage. Arsenal are instead focussing their attention currently on four other signings, although that may change after Euro 2016, when Kante comes to make his decision.