Henry Winter left Arsenal fans purring at the club’s Supporters Trust meeting on Monday evening after claiming they will “probably” sign N’Golo Kante.
Arsenal fans in attendance of the meeting were quick to tweet out Winter’s comments that Leicester will struggle to keep hold of their stars.
The Times’ journalist mentioned Kante and Riyad Mahrez as the most likely to depart, with the former heading to the Emirates Stadium.
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Kante has lit the Premier League up since his move from Caen in the summer, his efforts not going unnoticed despite the more palpable feats of Mahrez and Jamie Vardy.
The industrious midfielder, who made his debut for France last month, has been linked with Manchester United and Claudio Ranieri admitted he would let the 25-year-old leave if a big offer came in.
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Winter's comments from Arsenal's Supporters Trust meeting
There has been no reported interest from the Gunners but it is easy to imagine the under-fire Arsene Wenger joining the chase as he looks to win back the support of Arsenal fans following this disastrous season.
He will certainly have been interested in Ranieri’s recent comments.
"I think [Kante] should rest here, he's working very well," the Italian said, per Sky Sports. “But if big teams arrive that will give us a lot of money, maybe we can think about it if he's not happy here and wants to go. I don't want sad people here - I want my players to be happy."
Kante himself refused to rule out a move in the transfer window, saying: “At this moment I am focused on Leicester. We have to finish well this season but I don't mind about the other clubs.”
It poses the question of how much the player is worth. Leicester paid £5.6 million for his services under a year ago and he’s surely increased that value to over £20m.
Wenger is under pressure to deliver a Premier League trophy next season after his failed attempt at ending Arsenal’s 12-year wait this campaign.
Though not yet impossible, the Gunners trail Leicester by 13 points. Not even the biggest optimist gives them a chance of clawing back that deficit.
But it’s clear that the squad is close to being able to sustain a title challenge. Granit Xhaka has been linked and the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder would add some much-needed bite to the midfield.
Kante would be a great addition, too, and L’Equipe reported that Arsenal have thrown themselves into the chase for Paris Saint-Germain star Marquinhos.
Arsenal need a striker
Wenger’s biggest priority, however, must be signing a new striker to compete with Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman can get away with above-average performances simply because Arsenal do not have another striker on their books.
But fans are expecting the 66-year-old to sign a new forward in the summer. They probably wouldn’t mind if he went for Kante’s teammate, Jamie Vardy.