'In the balance': Club now plan December meeting with £30m player after rumours Spurs want him - journalist
Kante is out of contract at the end of the season and that has raised the prospect he could leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
Journalist Matt Law spoke to the London is Blue podcast about Kante’s situation, saying that talks will take place during the World Cup.
Kante is apparently set to be offered an incentivised deal, with his earnings heavily linked to the amount of games he plays.
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Law said: “The only way that N’Golo Kante will get close to what he would want at Chelsea in terms of both the length of the contract and also the value of the contract would be to accept some sort of heavily incentivised contract, I think now.
“I can’t imagine that Chelsea – and I do know a little bit about this – I don’t think Chelsea are going to make him a huge straight offer of just a set amount and a set length of time. I do think they’ll make him offers but I think they’ll be incentivised.
“It will be that he could carry on earning an awful lot and go on for a lot longer but it would be a requirement of playing a lot to stay at that sort of level.
“You would imagine there will be some sort of European team out there, not having to pay the transfer fee who would see it as worth the gamble, offering him something a little bit more guaranteed to get one of or if not the best all-round midfielder in the world, even sort of taking on the gamble of how much he may or may not play.
“That one is really in the balance. I think Chelsea will try and be creative but whether he would be prepared to accept that, who knows? He’s a very private person, he’s not someone who will talk about it a lot to people. It might be one we don’t find out a lot about until decision time.
“December, with N’Golo not going to the World Cup, lots of talks will be had. Chelsea will know the direction of travel in January when he would be able to talk to foreign clubs. Offers will be made, it’s about how safe he feels with that creative offer.”
Spurs boss Antonio Conte was the man who brought Kante to Chelsea in July 2016, for a fee BBC Sport reported at the time was in the region of £30 million.
A reunion would fit in terms of Conte demanding experienced winners who can come in and do the job right now but his injury record must be a concern.
Kante’s quality is not in doubt but his fitness is a real concern, and as Law eluded to, it remains to be seen who will offer him big, upfront, guaranteed wages in light of that.