Leicester City officials believe their star midfielder N'Golo Kante will probably join Arsenal this summer, reports The Mirror.
Kante has been one of the standout stars in the Premier League this season. He was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year and was also named in the Team of the Year.
As a result, he has attracted the interest from some of Europe's top clubs with Arsenal thought to be one of the most serious about signing him.
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Their cause is helped by the fact that Kante reportedly has a £20million release clause in his contract, making him very attainable for Europe's elite.
That would still represent a significant profit for the Foxes, who paid just £5.6m to sign him from French side Caen last summer, but they would rather keep the tough-tackling midfielder than have money in the bank.
Kante makes up one of three players credited with inspiring Leicester's amazing title triumph. Along with the goal scoring exploits of Jamie Vardy and the creative genius of Riyad Mahrez, Kante's exceptional ability to protect the back four helped Claudio Ranieri's side finish top of the table.
However, while Mahrez and Vardy have offered reassurances that they are happy to stay at the King Power, Kante has suggested the very opposite. He has refused to commit his long-term future to Leicester, instead suggesting that he would look to leave if a so-called bigger club came calling.
"I will fight for Leicester this season and next season we never know and we will see," he told the Mirror.
While there is little reason to doubt this transfer rumour, it seems unlikely that Arsene Wenger would commit £20m to sign Kante if he, as expected, completes the £30m+ deal for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka.
Talks are believed to be at an advanced stage with the Bundesliga outfit with a deal likely to go through before Euro 2016 kicks off.
Xhaka alone would give Arsenal an embarrassment of riches in midfield with Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny already competing for just two places.
But, then again, the chance to sign a quality player like Kante for such a reasonable price is an opportunity few clubs would turn down. Indeed, while Coquelin has been a good player for the Gunners over the last 18 months, Kante would represent a significant upgrade.
The France international won more tackles than any other player in the Premier League this season and also completed more interceptions.
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