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Man Utd urged to perform ‘one hell of an upgrade’ by bringing in N’Golo Kante to replace shock name

Chelsea and France midfielder N'Golo Kante

A pundit has told Manchester United to axe a surprise name in midfield and replace him with Chelsea’s World Cup-winning star N’Golo Kante.

France international Kante will soon enter the final 12 months of his Chelsea contract and there are no rumours about a renewal. If the Blues fail to act soon, then they may have to sell Kante this summer to get an optimum fee.

The hard-working midfielder hasn’t had the best of seasons and has been kept on the sidelines by multiple injuries. However, he still remains one of the highest rated players in his position in the world.

Kante, 31, has helped both Leicester and Chelsea to win the Premier League title. He also made 13 appearances in the Champions League last season as Chelsea won the competition for the second time in their history.

The Guardian claim Manchester United want to bring Kante to Old Trafford once the summer transfer window gets underway.

Not only would this boost Erik ten Hag’s options, it would also weaken a huge Premier League rival.

More recently, The Athletic have claimed Kante will be available for a reduced price. This is due to his contract winding down and the fact Thomas Tuchel wants new midfielders at Stamford Bridge.

Pundit Frank McAvennie thinks Kante would be ‘one hell of an upgrade’ on Scott McTominay. That’s despite the Scot emerging into one of United’s most important players.

N’Golo Kante would be United’s ‘best midfielder’

“Kante? Oh my god, he would be the best midfielder there,” McAvennie told Football Insider.

“He walks into that team. There are no two ways about that. It would be a big-money move even though he only has a year left at Chelsea.

“That then frees up someone like McTominay to leave the club. I’ll say it again, I like Scott but he is not good enough for Man United.

“So you swap Scott for Kante, that’s one hell of an upgrade to me. It’s whether Chelsea will let him go.

Manchester United interested in Chelsea duo N’golo Kante and Hakim Ziyech

Manchester United have an interest in signing N’golo Kante and Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea this summer

“He’s on the old side so the window is closing for Chelsea to get a bit of money for him.

“Maybe if the right offer comes in they will sell. I would urge Man United to do that, it’s what they should be doing.”

McAvennie’s stance on McTominay is a surprising one. The 25-year-old came through United’s academy and is now a first-team regular.

Both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick have relied on him in recent seasons. And while McTominay’s performances haven’t been the best this campaign, he is one of the players United need to keep if they want to get back to the top.

McTominay is also a player United fans want to see in the famous red shirt. That’s because he knows the club inside out and is very passionate on the pitch.

Meanwhile, three La Liga teams are hoping to snap Edinson Cavani up once he leaves United in July.