Wenger in Kante hint as he references Leicester’s replacement

Date published: Friday 24th June 2016 1:46

N'Golo Kante: Arsenal link grows stronger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says it is “very difficult to talk about” about a move for N’Golo Kante, but claims Leicester look to have signed a replacement.

Speculation over France midfielder Kante’s future has been rife over the last few weeks and the 25-year-old’s displays for the host nation at Euro 2016 have only intensified the talk.

Wenger, who has praise the player in the past, has refused to rule out a move for the combative midfielder, but did acknowledge that Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri was close to signing Nice defensive midfielder Nampalys Mendy as a replacement.

“It is very difficult to talk about that at the moment. Kante is on the list of many clubs. It is an area where we have many players. We will see what happens in the next two or three weeks,” said Wenger.

“It looks like Leicester have bought a player from Nice with similar qualities to Kante, so whether they envisage to lose him or not I don’t know.”

Reports earlier this month suggested PSG had offered Kante a bumper five-year deal in a bid to lure him to Ligue 1.

Meanwhile, Wenger said he has no hard feelings after the England striker Jamie Vardy signed a new contract with the champions Leicester.

Vardy signed a four-year contract extension with Leicester on Thursday to end the uncertainty around his future after Arsenal had triggered the £20million release clause in his contract.

Vardy was wanted by Arsenal, who reportedly offered better personal terms than Leicester, but the 29-year-old Vardy decided to remain with the champions.

“I think Leicester have made a statement and Vardy will stay. We were on the case and interested, but not more than that,” added Wenger.

“He has decided to stay at Leicester and good luck to him. He came late to the game and in fairness Leicester bought him from Fleetwood and he has been successful. He is 29 and he has chosen to stay at Leicester. You have to respect that.”


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