‘Definitely’: Club now looking at replacing ‘amazing’ midfielder who’s wanted by Antonio Conte at Tottenham - journalist
Conte has been working to re-shape the Tottenham side in his image and has bolstered his midfield options during his time in north London.
The club have brought in Yves Bissouma and Rodrigo Bentancur over the past year, with the likes of Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso heading out on loan.
But Conte has been linked with a move for a player he knows very well from his time in west London.
90 Min reported back in October that Chelsea are worried Kante may reunite with Conte at Tottenham when his contract expires at the end of the season.
And it seems that the Blues are now lining up possible replacements for the 31-year-old as he looks set to leave Stamford Bridge next summer.
Chelsea looking at replacements for Kante
Jones has told GiveMeSport that Chelsea are definitely looking at signing two new midfielders, with both Kante and Jorginho looking likely to leave over the summer.
“Chelsea want two new midfielders and they want two new midfielders who specifically can play in the six position, whether that be as a lone defensive midfielder or part of a double pivot, depending on what formation Chelsea line-up with,” he said.
“But they definitely want two new midfielders purely because of the situations with contracts with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante. Both at the minute look like they could leave as free agents.”
Kante enjoyed a brilliant spell under Conte as the pair lifted a Premier League title and FA Cup together between 2016 – 2018.
The Frenchman has been one of the best midfielders in the Premier League during his time at Chelsea and Leicester City. But he has really struggled with injuries over the past year.
He’s already missed 20 games for Chelsea this season, with his last performance coming against Tottenham back in August.
Kante was brilliant on the day and the Blues have certainly missed his impact in the middle of the park.
But it would be a big gamble from Spurs if they were to sign him next summer, despite the fact he could be available for free. Tottenham would probably have to match Kante’s wage demands and pay a sizeable signing fee for the ‘amazing’ midfielder.
That being said, if Spurs can get Kante back to full fitness, he could be an incredible addition to their midfield.
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