Arsenal & Chelsea have already talked with N'Golo Kante's agents

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N'Golo Kante is likely to leave Leicester City this summer because a release clause in his contract stands at just €25million, claims French newspaper Le Parisien.

The tough-tackling midfielder has been one of the stars of the season at the King Power Stadium, playing a key role in helping the Foxes win the Premier League title.

Having arrived as a virtual unknown for just €8m last summer, the 25-year-old's reputation has grown astronomically to a point where a number of clubs are more than happy to meet his release clause.


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The same report centres around interest from Paris Saint-Germain with their sporting director, Olivier Letang, already meeting with Kante's representatives with regards to a move.

However, it also claims that the France international is keen to stay in the Premier League with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City all credited with an interest.

It claims that, like PSG, representatives from all three outfits have contacted Kante's agents to scope whether he would be willing to make the move, suggesting they are happy to fork out the £20m needed to force Leicester's hand.

Arsenal favourites

The French connection at the Emirates makes Arsene Wenger's side immediate favourites to sign Kante this summer. The 25-year-old would join Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud in the Gunners squad while Wenger is, of course, a renowned figure in French football.

Arsenal will also be able to offer Champions League football on a regular basis but their lack of major silverware in recent seasons will surely cause concern.

Guardiola's revolution

Pep Guardiola's arrival at the Etihad certainly increases Manchester City's appeal, but there is likely to be a raft of changes in a turbulent summer. Indeed, Ilkay Gundogan is expected to arrive from Borussia Dortmund while Paul Pogba has also been linked with a big-money move.

Kante would only join if offered a key role in the first team and he will be wary of the number of players that have joined Manchester City only to see their careers stall. Wilfried Bony, anyone?

Chelsea caught out

Chelsea will be the dark horses in this transfer race as they will not be able to offer Kante any sort of European football, which is something that even Leicester can. Of course, Chelsea will be expecting to return to the top of the table next season and will be investing heavily to make sure it happens.

Needless to say, Kante will be able to triple his £25,000-a-week wages at Stamford Bridge, but that is true of all his suitors.

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