Manchester United to ask of N'Golo Kante's availability when they host Leicester City

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Manchester United host league leaders Leicester City on Sunday in what could be an historic Premier League fixture at the Theatre of Dreams.

You see, Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes are just three points away from seeing off the challenges of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City to be crowned champions of England after narrowly escaping relegation last season.

To secure the title under such circumstances is one thing, but to do so at the home of England’s 20-time league champions is another.


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United have their own targets to achieve, of course, and will seek victory over Leicester in order to maintain their challenge for a Champions League spot.

Louis van Gaal’s men currently sit fifth in the Premier League and five points behind rivals City and Arsenal, who occupy third and fourth respectively.

They have a mountain to climb with just four games remaining, but if this incredible campaign is anything to go by, there’s just no predicting what could happen.

However, the Red Devils are plotting to take advantage of Leicester’s arrival in more ways than one.

According to Goal, the club’s hierarchy will approach their visitors about the availability of star midfielder, N’Golo Kante.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a superb debut season in the East Midlands, so much so that he was named in the PFA Team of the Year recently.

Interest is high in Kante as a result, with his combative and energetic displays catching the eye of United and Arsenal.

The Red Devils’ pursuit of Leicester’s midfield enforcer reportedly originated from Sir Alex Ferguson, who publicly praised the France international and recommended his signing to United’s directors.

Kante’s signing would likely set the club back at least £20 million - his reported buy-out clause - but any bidding war could see the fee rise to £30 million.

What’s clear is United want central midfielders this summer after reports suggested they will also renew interest in Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos.

The Germany international came close to completing a move to Old Trafford in 2014, according to the Mirror, but manager Van Gaal pulled the plug.

United are certainly on the right tracks amidst their dire need for greater creativity and energy in the centre of the park.

Michael Carrick, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin have all struggled this season and failed to dominate midfield in the same way that Kante and Kroos do on a weekly basis.

In fact, buying both would be ideal for United given their pair's varying attributes, Kante a dynamic and tough-tackling defensive midfielder whilst Kroos is a creative genius capable of dictating the tempo of games.

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