N’Golo Kante has signalled his openness to revitalizing his contract, with Chelsea hoping to tie the midfielder all the way down to a brand new best £290,000-a-week deal, Goal understands.
Chelsea are keen to keep at bay potential suitors by gratifying the France international with a five-year contract that will be the most important within the club’s history.
The 27-year-old is happy at Stamford Bridge and has enjoyed the platform that English soccer has given him ever since he moved to Leicester city from Caen in 2015.
Having helped Leicester to a surprise Premier League title in his debut season, he joined Chelsea a year later and continued the achievement beneath then-manager Antonio Conte.
His consistency and influence has seen a number of clubs show an interest in him, most notably Paris Saint-Germain, however Kante has very little interest in moving back to the town where he grew up.
Kante is additionally not fascinated by a move to a rival Premier League club, with the sole possibility apart from a Chelsea renewal being a move to at least one of Spain’s 2 biggest clubs – urban center or Real madrid.
Barcelona are keeping a detailed eye on developments around the World Cup-winning midfielder, however they need yet to create any serious approach to Chelsea or Kante’s representatives.
Kante, whose current £150,000-a-week deal expires in 2021, is one of Chelsea’s biggest contract renewal priorities, in conjunction with team-mate Eden Hazard.
And, whereas a brand new deal for Kante would see him become Chelsea’s best-paid player, it may well be forthwith blown out of the water by a brand new contract for Hazard, that might break the £300,000-a-week barrier.
Maurizio Sarri is known to be pleased with Kante’s contribution, despite his got to adapt to a additional assaultive role this season, however different midfielders may well be set for a January move.
Cesc Fabregas has long-run interest from city, who have him on their middle order, together with his contract set to expire at the tip of the season.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be doubtless to possess a gathering within the forthcoming weeks to debate his scenario, however he has improved his standing inside the squad in recent months and remains hopeful of a long-run future at his childhood club.
Danny Drinkwater are allowed to exit Chelsea once an underwhelming £35-million move from Leicester in 2017, that has seen the 28-year-old feature simply twelve times within the Premier League and not once since Sarri replaced Conte as manager.