Chelsea have put a massive price tag on midfielder N'Golo Kante after reported interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The World Cup winner is reportedly the subject of growing interest
from the Spanish giants, who are ready to test their luck by making an
approach to the Blues for the star, just a year after luring his former
teammate Eden Hazard to the Bernabeu in a £100 million deal.
Links between Kante and Real date back to earlier this season when it
was claimed the midfielder had 'lost faith' in Chelsea's ability to
challenge for the Premier League title and that Kante 'dreams of wearing
the white' of Real Madrid.
And those rumours have cranked up a notch over the past few weeks
with Diario Madridista claiming Zinedine Zidane was desperate to bring
his countryman to the club when the summer window opens.
However, the same publication claims Chelsea have responded to
growing interest in the player by slapping a mammoth asking price of
between £70.3 million and £79.1 million on his head.
It's believed that asking price for the 29-year-old would deter Real
from making a move with the report claiming that asking price is likely
to be beyond their price range.
Furthermore, Chelsea have more cause for relief amid claims that
Kante's reported £280 000 a week wage package is also beyond what Real
are willing to offer him, while the player's age at 29 is also reported
to have dissuaded them from following up their initial interest.
As such, Diario Madrista now claim Los Blancos bosses have two
alternative targets in mind to Kante, with targets of both Liverpool and
Manchester United now in their range instead.
Top of Real's wishlist now, is apparently Napoli midfielder Fabian
Ruiz, with the 24-year-old strongly linked with a summer move to
The player's agent Alvaro Torres recently admitted plenty of big
clubs had taken an interest in his client, with Real's name among those
"It is obvious that there are many important clubs that have asked
for him, he has spent three seasons at a high level," Torres told Canal
"Yes, it is true that Real has taken an interest, we said it to Napoli, but at the moment he must concentrate on his team.
"In the summer we will see. He is a midfielder who will mark an era."
Those rumours are only likely to grow after it was suggested Napoli had reduced the player's asking price to this bargain fee.
Real are also reported to be considering a move for Rennes sensation
Edouardo Camavinga. The 17-year-old midfielder has been linked with
moves to Tottenham and Manchester United - but now it's reported we can
add Real's name to his growing list of admirers.
- TEAMtalk media