Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is reportedly willing to let top midfielder N’Golo Kante leave for £60million in the coming weeks in a bid to raise money for further signings.
The Blues’ recent spending will skyrocket past £200million if a deal to sign Kai Havertz goes through. The midfielder will be the club’s fifth major acquisition this summer, with Thiago Silva joining most recently.
Indeed, Chelsea had money saved up after their transfer ban restricted their spending last summer. What’s more, the club received extra funds after, for instance, Alvaro Morata’s move to Atletico Madrid.
However, several reports have indicated that Chelsea could ratify further sales in a bid to raise further funds.
According to Football Insider, one such player is Kante. The World Cup winner has proved influential in helping Chelsea to silverware since his 2016 move from Leicester.
However, the source says Lampard is willing to let him go for the right price, with £60million the fee quoted.
What’s more, Real Madrid and Inter Milan have reportedly made initial enquiries but their approaches remain at an “early stage”.
Previous reports have suggested that left-back Emerson Palmieri is another player who could leave. Indeed, his exit looks more likely following Ben Chilwell‘s arrival at left-back.
Nevertheless, Football Insider claims Chelsea’s effort to sell players is not in order to balance their books. Instead, the Blues want more money to fund a move for Declan Rice.
The West Ham lynchpin developed at Chelsea’s academy while Lampard was a player. Indeed, reports suggest the two could reunite, with the Blues to prepare an offer late in the transfer window.
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Chelsea’s latest signing, Silva, has expressed his delight at signing for Lampard’s side.
The experienced centre-back joins after a season in which the Blues conceded the most Premier League goals of any side in the top 10.
Speaking amid his signing, the Brazilian vowed to help his new side to silverware.