Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante, 25, sparked a transfer melee when he announced his future would be decided after Euro 2016. With France set to face Portugal in Sunday’s final, that time is fast approaching.
A welter of Europe’s elite clubs have declared their interest in signing the midfielder who was a lynchpin as the French progressed through the group stage this summer. Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, Juventus, Real Madrid and PSG, have all contacted the Foxes about Kante.
Those plans are about to be upset with Shanghai SIPG, ready to offer Leicester £35m for the player.
Former England boss, Sven Goran Eriksson, the Chinese club’s manager, identified Kante as a key target and the owners are pulling out the plugs to make it happen. Their financial muscle means they can match any financial package put forward by other clubs. The biggest obstacle will be persuading the player his future lies in the Far East.
With three years left on his current deal, the Premier League champions are not in any rush to sell their star player. A widely reported release clause is believed to be less onerous, obliging Leicester to talk to other clubs and inform the player of the interest.
Shanghai’s emergence as a potential is sure to spark a bidding war with the fee rising significantly beyond the £25m originally mentioned.
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