Chelsea have turned down the opportunity to bring a pair of Inter Milan stars to Stamford Bridge as part of a proposed swap deal that would see a midfield ace move to Italy.
The Blues have been the most active player in the 2020 summer transfer window.
High profile deals have been completed for superstars the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz. As a result, several current player exits have now been speculated.
Rarely-seen centre-forward Michy Batshuayi recently completed his loan move to Crystal Palace. But further exits are expected to be forthcoming over the next few weeks.
One man who is unlikely to leave, however, if N’Golo Kante.
The Guardian report that Inter recently approached Chelsea regarding bringing the 29-year-old to The San Siro, but Chelsea were not receptive to sanctioning his exit.
With funds tight at Antonio Conte’s side, swap deals were proposed, firstly including ex-Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen.
The Dane left the Premier League after seven years of sparkling service in North London, but has struggled to recapture that form with Inter.
Inter reportedly ‘asked Chelsea whether they would be interested in Eriksen as part of a deal for Kanté or in a straight transfer.’
This proposal was rejected by Frank Lampard, who reiterated his desire in June to retain the services of Kante.
Another offer, this time including Marcelo Brozovic was also rebuffed.
The article states there is a ‘slight possibility’ that Chelsea could be tempted into a sale, but ‘only for the right price’.
Kante struggled with injuries last term, notching just 28 appearances in blue across all competitions.
But with a plethora of new attacking talent set to be on show, Kante’s tenacious defensive contributions could be more vital than ever in the upcoming season.
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