It looks like Arsenal, Marseilles, Newcastle and Southampton are the four clubs who want to sign Caen midfielder N’Golo Kante this summer, and Newcastle have been tracking the player for the last couple of years.
N’Golo Kante – Caen defensive midfielder
The Paris-born 24 year-old midfielder has been in very good form this season for Caen, with 31 total appearances with 3 goals and 4 assists, and he’s been attracting some top clubs.
The player is often compared to the legendary French defensive midfielder Claude Makelele, but Kante scores more goals than Claude, and so far in his career he has six goals in 75 total appearance.
In Claude’s distinguished career at clubs like Marseilles, Real Madrid, Chelsea and PSG, he scored only 25 goals in 802 first team appearances, and at Chelsea he scored only 2 goals in 215 appearances, and one of those was a penalty.
Kante is valued at around £5M, but if Arsenal are really after the player, Newcastle would be hard pressed to beat out the top London club for his signature.
Newcastle are after a player to replace Cheick Tiote, and the Saints are after a player to potentially replace Kenyan International Victor Wanyama, who could be sold in the summer.
The 5’7″ central midfielder is only in his second season at Caen, and they were promoted to the French first division last season, and this season they have 35 points from 30 game, and are 3 points above the drop zone at the moment in 14th place.
We are hoping that Arsenal are being linked with the player only because they are usually interested in top young French players.
But with 23 year-old Francis Coquelin doing so well this season at the Emirates, we’d be a little surprised if the reports are true the Gunners are interested in Kante, although Arsenal may simply be strengthening their squad in various positions.
Reports in L’Equipe are that Newcastle are keen to sign the player, and that he’s the likely replacement for Cheick Tiote.
If Arsenal are not interested in this player, then the Magpies must have a decent chance of signing him this summer.
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