A sensational report from a Spanish outlet has claimed that Real Madrid have struck a verbal agreement with Chelsea over the future of their midfield dynamo N’Golo Kante.
Kante is widely regarded as the premier holding midfielder in world football, disrupting opposition attacks and recovering possession on an industrial scale since his arrival to the Premier League with Leciester in 2015.
Chelsea were quick to snap up the tigerish midfielder following Leicester’s spectacular title-winning campaign in 2015-16, with his individual displays going from strength to strength since.
The news – if to be believed – will come as a devastating blow to Blues fans after Zinedine Zidane’s side already secured the signature of their talisman Eden Hazard this past summer for a fee reported to initially be €100 million, which may rise to €146.1 million.
Kante’s future had been a talking point over the summer, with PSG, Manchester United and the team in question Real Madrid all being touted as potential landing spots.
The publication in question is Defensa Central, who (via the Sun) revealed that ‘Los Blancos had compiled a detailed dossier’ on the 28-year-old, but were unable to secure his services due to Chelsea’s reluctance to sell following Hazard’s departure and their inability to draft in a replacement owing to the transfer ban.
The report goes on to add that ‘Madrid’s good behaviour during negotiations meant they were able to strike an agreement with the Blues over Kante’s future.’
The Sun adds: ‘Chelsea have agreed to notify the La Liga giants should they ever recieve any offers for the France International or decide to put him up for sale,’ which could add credence to the original report.
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