There are “no negotiations” between Juventus and Chelsea about a deal to take N’Golo Kante to Turin, with Juve’s interest in the midfielder based on “mutual esteem” alone, according to a report.
Recent reports have linked Kante with a move to Juventus, saying that boss Maurizio Sarri had a strong working relationship with the Frenchman while at Stamford Bridge and that the Italian manager wants to reunite with the World Cup winner.
However, Calciomercato now reports that despite Sarri being an admirer of Kante, his interest in the player only goes as far as having mutual esteem for him.
The source says that Kante is not considered a transfer target by Juventus due to Chelsea valuing the midfielder at around €100m, which the Italian giants are not prepared to pay despite recognising him as one of the best in his position in the world.
Furthermore, Juventus are said to be appreciative of the fact that with Kante being Chelsea’s lynchpin in midfield, it would likely prove difficult to prise him away from West London even if the valuation is met.
Calciomercato adds that Kante has a contract until 2023 which would make negotiations less probable to succeed, while Blues owner Roman Abramovich himself has no intentions of letting the 28-year-old leave.