Cape Town - Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Chelsea
defensive midfielder N'Golo Kante, and reportedly have the right of
first refusal on the France international.
Reports have suggested that Real will be the first to know should Chelsea decide to cash in on the player at some point.
That looks highly unlikely as Kante is a crucial player for the
Blues, but reports claim that Real and Chelsea came to an agreement over
the summer, whereby Los Blancos will get first refusal on him, should
he move on.
Real snapped up Eden Hazard from Chelsea over the summer and it is at
that point where the agreement over Kante is also said to have been
The Spanish giants are keen to bolster the heart of their midfield
and Manchester United star Paul Pogba is a top target for their coach
Zinedine Zidane, however the same can be said of Kante.
Zidane is a big admirer of his fellow countryman and there was talk
of them trying to do a deal during the recent transfer window.
However, even though Chelsea were willing to do business over Hazard,
there was no chance of Kante leaving as a replacement could not be
signed due to the club's current transfer ban.
Good news for Chelsea is the fact that Kante has said that he is very
happy at Chelsea and is not interested in moving on despite interest
from Real, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
Chelsea are also in a strong position as Kante still has four years
remaining on his contract so there is no rush to get him tied down to a
Kante is valued in the region of £100 million which would not be a
problem for Real, but any bid would only come at the end of the season
as they spent heavily during the last window and the pot is empty for
- TeamTalk Media