Chelsea are being linked with a move for N’Golo Kante and Arturo Vidal, Man City are set to put Vincent Kompany on the transfer list, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been offered to Arsenal, according to Friday’s papers.
CHELSEA LINKED WITH KANTE AND VIDAL
Chelsea will launch a stunning bid to land N’Golo Kante from Leicester this summer, reports the Daily Mirror.
The fallen Premier League champions are massive fans of the 24-year-old midfielder and are determined to make him one of Antonio Conte’s first signings once the current Italy boss becomes their manager.
Claudio Ranieri’s title-chasing Foxes are already trying to persuade Kante to sign a lucrative new long-term deal.
But Chelsea’s interest means they face a fight to hold on to their prize asset who was called into the France squad on Thursday for this month’s friendlies against Holland and Russia.
Kante made few headlines when he joined Leicester for just £5.6million last August from French club Caen, but he has quickly established himself as one of the Premier League signings of the season.
The Blues will spend big in their summer revamp as they bid to return to the top of the Premier League, and it is understood Kante was identified as a target even before a deal was agreed for Conte to become Jose Mourinho’s permanent replacement.
The club’s current interim boss, Guus Hiddink, has been deeply impressed with the player, who is widely regarded as being comparable to former Chelsea and France anchorman Claude Makelele.
Meanwhile, Arturo Vidal has cheekily left the door open for a summer move from Bayern Munich to Chelsea to rejoin forces with new boss Antonio Conte.
KOMPANY TO BE AXED BY CITY?
Pep Guardiola has instructed Txiki Begiristain to bring an end to Vincent Kompany’s Manchester City career by placing the club’s captain on the transfer market.
The Sun claims City’s incoming manager wants to overhaul the club’s defence, calculating that it is better to clear the decks for a new central defensive partnership rather than keep Kompany on board.
The Belgium international has started just 12 Premier League games this season having suffered a series of muscular injuries.
Kompany’s once-dominant performances have declined in recent campaigns as he has lost pace and confidence as a result of repeated problems.
Guardiola has always preferred more technically capable defenders and has asked City to prioritise the purchase of Athletic Bilbao’s France under-21 centre back Aymeric Laporte as a replacement for the Belgian.
Instead of retaining Kompany as a back-up to Laporte, the Catalan coach wants the centre back sold to avoid the possibility of dressing room dissent. And to send a message that no one is guaranteed a place in his first City squad.
Kompany was elected to the PFA’s Premier League Team of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2014, but his struggle with injuries have seen his effectiveness rapidly decline.
City are expected to clear out several other players in the close season.