Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has as good as confirmed the Gunners’ interest in N’Golo Kante by talking up the Leicester midfielder’s “incredible quality”.
Kante earned plaudits around the continent for his performances in Leicester’s Premier League title-winning campaign this past season, with Arsenal among the many clubs reported to be interested.
The 25-year-old, who was selected in Didier Deschamps’ national side for the European Championship this summer, has a £20million release clause in his contract with the Foxes, and could join new signing Granit Xhaka at the Emirates Stadium.
Speaking to beIN Sports, Wenger did little to allay the rumours, admitting his fondness of his compatriot.
“I admire and like N’Golo Kante a lot – it gives you ideas,” he said. “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 Foxes are reportedly already planning for life after Kante, having already been heavily linked with this Nice midfielder.