Report: PL club are now resigned to reported Tottenham target leaving, he could go in January
Football.London report that Spurs are interested in reuniting the French World Cup winner with Antonio Conte.
And they say that the Blues know Kante is going to move on before the start of next season.
He will either go on a free transfer in the summer, when his contract expires, or in January, which represents their last chance to get a fee for him.
Chelsea resigned to losing Tottenham target Kante
The report says that the likes of Juventus are keen on Kante, and they have pulled off a host of high-profile free transfers down the years.
The slower pace of Italian football would likely suit Kante, who has struggled badly with injury issues in recent seasons.
He will not be going to the World Cup as France look to defend the crown they won in Russia, at a tournament where Kante starred.
Kante moving abroad would be more palatable for Chelsea supporters too, rather than seeing him sign for a rival and former manager.
Spurs have a lot of workmanlike, energetic midfielders and there are other areas of the pitch where they are in greater need of improvement.
But Kante has won the biggest trophies in the world and is sensational when fit; the problem in recent years has been that he has not been fit often enough.
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