Reports coming from the London Evening Standard suggest that Chelsea holding midfielder N’golo Kante has been linked with a move to the French capital with champions PSG chasing his signature.
The 26 year old French man has really stated his name in the premier league over the past few years, winning consecutive league titles, with Leicester City in the 2015/16 season before earning a move to English heavyweight Chelsea and winning the league with them in the 2016/17 season. Kante plays in a way which is almost unnoticed by those watching but a way which makes a significant impact to how the game is played and how his team performs. He predominantly plays as a holding midfielder using the stamina that he possesses to run around intercepting, tackling and winning the ball back for his team along with coming up with the occasional goal or assist. He has been likened in many ways to former French international and Chelsea legend Claude Makelele and has been described by many as the heartbeat and catalyst of the Leicester and Chelsea title winning sides.
Chelsea have endured a big dip in form in the premier league recently and are currently sitting in 5th place, 25 points behind league leaders Manchester City. Not the position you would expect the former champions to be in, especially at this stage in the season but despite the league position, N’golo has continued to perform consistently game in game out for the blues and he has his statistics to prove. Despite being the 1st outfield player to win back to back EPLs with different clubs since Cantona, Kante has also collected numerous awards in the past few years, not only showing how much of an integral part he has been to the teams he has played in but also how much his quality has been noticed by everyone watching. Picking up the awards for PFA Players’ player of the year and FWA footballer of the year along with 20 caps for his country, it is safe to say that Kante’s footballing future is looking very bright regardless of where he ends up.
PSG on the other hand are enjoying life at the top of the French first division and have been showing why they are the number 1 team in France for years now. Despite being knocked out of the champions league by Real Madrid in the round of 16 5-2 on aggregate, the French side will continue to prosper and show why they are one of the top footballing teams in the world. Kante is evidently high up on PSG’s shopping list this summer but various reports are stating that Kante himself has said that he does not want to swap Stamford Bridge for the Parc de princes just yet. If this is true then a deal may be less of a possibility, however the fact that Paris is his homeland may give the French outfit a bit more of an edge in persuading him to join them in the coming transfer window.
Defensive midfield is certainly a weak point in the PSG team currently only having the choice between Rabiot, newly signed Lassana Diarra and Thiago Motta who is now 35 years of age, its safe to say that they could definitely do with someone like N’golo Kante to replace Blaise Matuidi who they sold to Italian giants Juventus in the summer and to bolster their midfield options ahead of the 2018/19 season. Kante would undoubtedly be an excellent addition to the Paris Saint German side and although they will have to break the bank to bring him to the French capital, it is sure to be worth it in the end. If any truth does end up coming out of this rumour and if we do see N’golo Kante move to PSG or anywhere else for that matter or even if we see him stay put in London, we are sure to be seeing his class throughout the game for many years to come.