Friday 23 June 2017

Leicester to raise N'Golo Kante offer after he rejects £100,000-a-week deal

N'Golo Kante could be heading to Chelsea
N'Golo Kante could be heading to Chelsea

John Percy

Leicester City are ready to make N'Golo Kante their best paid player in a bid to prevent him leaving for Chelsea.

Kante is a £20million target for new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte but Leicester will make a last-ditch attempt to keep the France international at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester have already offered the midfielder a huge deal worth £100,000 a week - which he is understood to have turned down - but the Premier League champions are now prepared to make an improved counter-offer.

Claudio Ranieri has pleaded with his stars to stay for at least one more year and Leicester are determined to ensure that Kante, a £5.6million signing from Caen last summer, does not leave without a fight.

Kante played a substantial role in helping Leicester lift the title and Leicester believe they can still persuade him to stay, with the advantage of Champions League football making them more attractive than Chelsea.

Conte has targeted the 25-year-old as part of his squad revamp this summer and talks are already believed to have opened over a possible deal.

Chelsea are facing competition from Chinese club Shanghai SIPG but are hopeful of concluding a deal later this month.

Kante will not link up with Leicester's squad until the end of the month after his participation at Euro 2016 for France.

Negotiations are continuing over new deals with other Leicester stars including England international Danny Drinkwater and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Jamie Vardy has verbally agreed a new £100,000 a week contract after opting to stay despite Arsenal triggering his £22million release clause.

Telegraph.co.uk

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