According to emerging reports, Chelsea are lining up move for Lyon midfielder Tanguy N’Dombele as a potential replacement for N’Golo Kante who is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain when the World Cup ends this summer. Kante joined Chelsea for a reported £32 million from Leicester City two years ago, and has been heavily linked with a move back to his hometown this summer.
And, if reports from France bears fruit, it’s believed the Ligue 1 champions’ sporting director Antoro Henrique was in London to held talks with Chelsea about a potential deal for the 27-year-old.
As it stands, it appears Kante himself would be interested in joining PSG, although the Frenchman is reportedly waiting to see the outcome of the club’s managerial ambitions for the upcoming season.
On Monday, French outlet L’Equipe reported Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur have opened talks with Lyon president over the signing of N’Dombele.
But it was same report that claims Chelsea have made a direct approach with the midfielders’ representatives to plan ahead should Kante eventually joins PSG this summer. Lyon rejected Chelsea’s opening offer of €40m (£35m) who the club values around €60m (£53m).
Although, Kante has refuted claims linking him with away move from Chelsea during a post-match conference for France on Sunday.
“I am not concerned with all that,’ said the midfielder.
“Today, I am at Chelsea, and today I am currently living and playing in the World Cup, that is what comes first.
“I am not paying attention to what is being said on the club side of things at the moment.”