The France international was named alongside fellow team-mates Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in the six-man shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year on Wednesday. Although an outsider to beat them to the coveted individual award, just being nominated caps what has been a remarkable rise.
After signing from Caen last summer for £5.6million, no one would have expected to see the tough-tackling defensive midfielder in that list at the beginning of the season or, indeed, being linked with the so-called elite clubs of the Premier League.
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The 25-year-old has three years remaining on his Foxes contract, but it is believed there is a £20m release clause embedded into that deal. That has provided hope for Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain, all of whom are exploring the possibility of signing him.
Kante himself has already hinted that he will be looking to move away from the King Power Stadium even though Champions League football will be on offer. He will be able to double his £40,000-a-week wages elsewhere, which may well be his priority.
And no one can say he does not deserve to be paid more. He is both the top tackler and interceptor in the Premier League yet remarkably has just three yellow cards and averages just over one foul per game.
That kind of form has seen him break into Didier Deschamps's France squad, where he scored in last month's friendly against Russia. Barring injury, he should be part of the squad that hosts the Euro 2016 championships this summer.
Speaking at a meeting of the Arsenal Supporters Trust earlier this week, respected journalist Henry Winter apparently told one Arsenal fan that Kante will probably move to Arsenal ahead of next season.
The Gunners are on the lookout for one or possibly two midfielders in the summer window but seem to be prioritising Borussia Monchengladbach captain Granit Xhaka. The latest reports claim initial talks are underway between the two clubs, suggesting Kante may be a backup option for Arsenal Wenger.
Chelsea will need to add to their midfield if, as expected, John Obi Mikel leaves Stamford Bridge while Tottenham could look to strengthen ahead of their first Champions League campaign since 2011.
Both would struggle to tempt Kante if Wenger was interested, however. The veteran coach is a huge figure in French football and has a long and successful history with players from his home country.
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