Amidst all the furore over Granit Xhaka’s arrival and the Gunners’ move for Jamie Vardy, it seemed as though they were no longer keen on signing the Frenchman.
However, Arsene Wenger’s recent comments on his countryman perhaps suggest otherwise.
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The 66-year-old is a known admirer of Kante, but never before has he been quite so complimentary as he was in a recent interview.
And based on his words, you’d think that Wenger is still keen on working with him at the Emirates Stadium.
He told beIn Sports, per the Mirror: “I admire and like N’Golo Kante a lot. It gives you ideas.
“He gives you the feeling that the higher the level he plays at, the more at ease he is.
“We are talking about numbers. He has the most interceptions in Europe and by far.
“He has incredible quality. He feels the game, only very few people can do that. He’s always where he needs to be.
“It is very rare to have that in the central midfielder. Not always orthodox, but always in the right place.”
Yeah, Wenger is still very much interested.
And so he should be. Kante took England's top-flight by storm during his debut season at the King Power Stadium and earned himself a place in the PFA Premier League Team of the Season as a result.
Arsenal would face competition for the France international if they lodge official interest, though.
The same report claims that Chelsea are prepared to treble his current £35,000-per-week wages to ensure he arrives at Stamford Bridge this summer.
Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be in the race to sign Kante.
For now, Arsenal’s focus appears to be on securing Vardy’s signature after triggering his £20 million release clause last week.
It was widely believed a deal would be wrapped up before the 29-year-old striker boarded the plane to Euro 2016 with England, yet that wasn’t the case.
Instead, Vardy’s representatives have told the Gunners that he will make a decision after the European Championships in order to stay focused.
Doubt now surrounds a potential move, with the general consensus being that if the striker was interested in a transfer to Arsenal, he would have completed one already.