Leicester City have offered N’Golo Kante a new £100,000-a-week deal in an attempt to keep the midfielder at the King Power stadium next season.
The French midfielder arrived at Leicester from Caen last summer for just £5.6million, but a string of dazzling performances in the middle of the park has lead to many admirers, including Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Manchester United.
It is thought that Kante has a £20million release clause in his contract at Leicester, where he currently earns £40,000-a-week, but has now been offered the chance to give himself a 150% wage increase as the Premier League champions look to hold onto their prized assets.
Arsenal managed Arsene Wenger is a big admirer, as he admitted last week whilst working as a pundit at Euro 2016, where Kante put in a standout performance in France’s opening day victory over Romania.
Speaking in his role as a pundit for beIN Sports, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said:
I admire and like N’Golo Kante a lot. He gives you ideas. He gives you the feeling that the higher the level he plays at, the more at ease he is.
We are talking about numbers. He has the most interceptions in Europe and by far. He has incredible quality. He feels the game, only very few people can do that. He’s always where he needs to be.
It is very rare to have that in the central midfielder. Not always orthodox, but always in the right place.
The Sunday Mirror claim today that Jose Mourinho is planning to make a £22million move for Kante.
Whether Kante remains at Leicester could depend on Jamie Vardy, who is also weighing up a possible £20million move to Arsenal, but both players are set to make their minds up after Euro 2016.