Deal Close – Arsene Wenger confirms N’golo Kante transfer plans


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out a move for Leicester City star N’Golo Kante despite signing Granit Xhaka earlier this season.

According to Mirror, Wenger sees Kante as an ideal addition to Arsenal’s midfield and is convinced that the Frenchman will eventually leave Leicester this summer.

Kante is on the radar of several European clubs including Arsenal and Wenger has not shied away from fueling the speculations. Gunners boss is a huge admirer of 25-year old and how he has proved himself in Premier League in only his first season.

Wenger was quoted saying“It is very difficult to talk about that at the moment, Kante is on the list of many clubs. It is an area where we have many players.

“We will see what happens in the next two or three weeks. It looks like Leicester have bought a player from Nice [Nampalys Mendy] with similar qualities to Kante, so whether they envisage to lose him or not I don’t know.”

Leicester are desperate to keep hold of Kante but his £20m buyout clause will attract the suitors with the player himself keen on a summer switch.

What would Kante’s signing mean for Arsenal?

Gunners said goodbye to three of their midfield stars (Flamini, Rosicky & Arteta) and are looking to strengthen in that area.

Jack Wilshere’s constant injury woes and Aaron Ramsey’s rumoured move to Manchester United may see Arsenal go ahead and spend heavily on the Leicester City midfielder.

Granit Xhaka would be the mainstay for Wenger next season with Mohamed Elneny, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin looking to support the Swiss International to strengthen Arsenal’s midfield.

Kante’s move to Emirates may seem like an ideal one for both player and the club as Kante would end up with regular Champions League action and Arsenal will finally have a strong presence in their midfield, which they have lacked for ages now.