Real Madrid are interested in taking N’Golo Kane to Spain this summer, alongside Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard.
The Spanish giants have endured a difficult campaign this season, suffering a shock Champions League exit to Ajax earlier this month, whilst the capital club also find themselves 12 points behind rivals Barcelona in the La Liga title race.
Having also lost to Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey semi-finals, Madrid face the prospect of a trophyless season and have reappointed Zinedine Zidane as manager following Santiago Solari’s dismissal.
Zidane, who won three consecutive Champions League trophies with the club, returns to the Bernabeu having left at the end of last season and has immediately targeted the Chelsea duo as he looks to strengthen his squad.
Madrid’s interest in Hazard has been long-standing, however, according to the Evening Standard Zidane is also targeting Kante, with the Frenchman considered by many as the best defensive midfielder in the world.
The 27-year-old signed a new contract at Stamford Bridge in November, and Chelsea will be reluctant to sell a player who has shone since his £32m arrival from Leicester in 2016, being crowned PFA Players Player of the Year in 2016/17.
By comparison, a deal for Hazard will prove simpler for Madrid with the Belgian having stated on several occasions his desire to move to Spain. The 28-year-old’s current deal expires in the summer of 2020 and the winger has made no indication he is willing to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s transfer plans have been further complicated with a two-window transfer ban for the illegal approach of minors, with recruitment on hold whilst the club wait for the verdict of their appeal.
Christian Pulisic will arrive in the summer, having been signed for £57m from Borussia Dortmund in January before being loaned back to the German club for the remainder of the season.