Arsenal have been put on alert and Arsene Wenger can finally have the hope of signing one of his top targets after Premier League leaders Leicester City confirmed that midfielder N’Golo Kante will be allowed to leave the club once a replacement is on ground.
Juventus, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham are also in hot pursuit of the midfielder who has has been instrumental to the surprise move of the Claudio Rianeri’s side to the top of the Premier League table this season.
The Sun and the Mirror reported that Wenger has the France international at the top of his list as he prepares for a major overhaul of the midfield in the summer, with the likes of Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-chamberlain facing the exit door.
The 25-year-old moved to the King Power Stadium from French side Caen last summer in a deal worth £5.6 million and has taken the Premier League by storm.
His impressive form on the pitch has not gone unnoticed as he was named in the PFA Team of the Year and was also shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year award which was won by his Leicester teammate Riyadh Mahrez.
Kante has made 34 appearances for the Foxes this season and scored a goal. Leicester City are one win away from lifting the Premier League and a victory over Manchester United this weekend will bring the title to the King Power Stadium.
An agreement is yet to be reached but it is obvious Leicester would want to cash in on the midfielder, should the right price is offered.
The Emirates outfits, as reported by the Sun, also have Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder on their wish list and a deal worth £27.5M is being discussed should Kante’s deal fall through.
The upshot of Kante’s coming to the Emirate stadium would mean Francis Coquelin will be relegated to the bench or, at best, plays second-fiddle to him.
The French international has been a shadow of himself ever since he returned from injury and it is in the club’s best interest that another option in the defensive midfield is recruited ahead of next season.