Chelsea prepare to launch bid for Leicester's N'Golo Kante

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Leicester City are already struggling to keep their top goalscorer Jamie Vardy at the club but the problems are coming thick and fast at the King Power Stadium following a successful campaign.

The three players that shone brightest in the triumphant Premier League season were Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante. Naturally, they have all attracted interest from the so-called elite clubs with Vardy supposedly closest to leaving.

Arsenal have met his £20million release clause and are waiting to hear back regarding a £120,000-a-week contract. Leicester are working hard to convince him to stay but they may need to turn their attention towards Kante.


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According to The Mirror, the tough-tacking midfielder also has a £20m release clause written into his contract and Chelsea are preparing to meet it. Antonio Conte wants to strengthen the Blues midfield ahead of the new campaign and has placed Kante at the top of his wish list.

The Frenchman joined Leicester last summer from Caen in a deal worth a smidgen over £5m but a fantastic first year in English football has seen his reputation and, therefore, his value sky-rocket.

As a result, £20m seems like good value for the 25-year-old, who has stormed from obscurity to make Didier Deschamp's 23-man France squad for Euro 2016. But Chelsea face one challenge with regards to convincing Kante, a distinct lack of Champions League football.

Treble wages

Chelsea finished mid-table after a drab campaign and won't compete in any European football next season. Meanwhile, Leicester's title win means they go straight into the elite competition. But what the Blues lack in football merit, they make up for with financial might.

Indeed, Kante earns £35,000-a-week with the Foxes, which represents loose change for Chelsea's oligarch owner Roman Abramovich. The billionaire is ready to sign off on a deal that will see Kante treble his current wage packet, moving beyond the £100,000-a-week mark.

Leicester counter

If Kante does have a £20m release clause, there is little they can do if and when Chelsea come calling. One thing they can do, however, is offer Kante more money themselves. They are doing just that with Vardy, offering the England striker a deal worth £100,000-a-week in an attempt to keep him away from Arsenal.

The improved terms have obviously tempted Vardy, who has delayed his decision from the original Monday deadline. Something similar would obviously give Kante food for thought but could Leicester afford to pay more than one player over six figures each week?

That is a question for their owners.

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