Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri now has the unenviable task of attempting to strengthen his squad following the departure of N’Golo Kante, who joined Chelsea on Saturday.
Kante was integral to the Foxes’ unexpected Premier League title triumph last season and will be sorely missed at the King Power Stadium.
Chelsea paid £32 million for the France international’s services and Ranieri has already planned how he’ll spend the cash, according to a report in the Mirror.
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Having already secured the services of midfielder Nampalys Mendy from Nice, who could prove to be a suitable replacement for Kante, Ranieri is keen to add two players with plenty of English football experience to his ranks.
The first is winger Robbie Brady, the 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international who was one of Norwich City’s best players last term.
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Ranieri wants Brady and Keane
And the second is Burnley centre-back Michael Keane, the 23-year-old who began his career with Manchester United.
Brady also began his career with the Red Devils but has no Champions League experience.
Neither does Keane, but Ranieri clearly believes both players have what it takes to do a job against first-class European opponents.
If any of the players proves to be even half as influential as the indefatigable Kante, they’ll have been fabulous signings for the Premier League champions.
Kante delighted to secure Chelsea move
“I am so happy to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It’s a dream come true for me,” Kante told Chelsea’s official website at the weekend.
“The opportunity to work with Antonio Conte, a brilliant coach, and some of the best players in the world was simply too good to turn down.
“My first season in English football was very special and now I hope to go on to achieve even more during my time as a Chelsea player. I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and helping the club achieve a lot of success.”
Ranieri: Leicester are 6,000-1 to win title
Following Kante’s exit, Ranieri has told reporters that Leicester City should be priced at 6,000-1 to win the 2016-17 Premier League title.
"The fundamental concept is to start from scratch," Ranieri told Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport, per ESPN. "We've won the title and it was beautiful and fantastic, it was maybe an unrepeatable achievement, but now we turn the page.
"If at the start of last season the bookmakers had us down as 5000-1 shots, then this time we start at 6000-1. Our objective to start the season with is to reach 40 points and stay up.
"Then, once we've reached that objective, we can raise the bar: finish in the top 10, [qualify for] the Europa League, a place in the Champions League. And maybe we can win one of the five trophies will be challenging for: Community Shield, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League. That is our running order, step by step."
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