Pundit wants Man Utd to test water over £80m defensive kingpin

Date published: Monday 29th April 2019 1:44

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Paul Pogba of Manchester United jokes with N'golo Kante of Chelsea after the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on February 18, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Danny Murphy has urged Manchester United to try and lure N’Golo Kante to Old Trafford this summer by offering him his preferred role.

The former Liverpool midfielder believes United may be able to tempt the France star to join up with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men by promising the holding midfield role as his own.

Kante lined up for Chelsea in the 1-1 draw with United at Old Trafford yesterday and played in a more advanced central role than he played last season under Antonio Conte.

It’s not been unusual for Kante, in fact all his 35 Premier League starts under Maurizio Sarri have been further forward with Jorginho handed the deep-lying midfield role.

The Italian coach has come under fire this season for continually picking former Napoli star Jorginho as his holding pivot, rather than Kante, who plays that role for France.

The Sun claim that the 28-year-old, who is under contract until 2023, “according to rumours is unhappy” and Murphy thinks United should test the water.

“I’m not convinced N’Golo Kante can be happy playing out of position at Chelsea, even though he doesn’t seem a lad who kicks up a fuss,” Murphy wrote in his latest column for the Daily Mail.

“Do what you can to see if Chelsea would be tempted by an £80m fee.

“Try to find out if Kante would like to play in front of 76,000 fans every week as the undisputed No 1 holding midfielder.”

United boss Gunnar Solskjaer is planning a major overhaul of his squad this summer and midfielders Ander Herrera looks likely to move on, while Juan Mata’s future is far from assured and speculation linking Paul Pogba to Real Madrid shows no signs of abating.

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