Talks ‘stuck’ between club and Arsenal and Tottenham target

Journalist Robin Bairner has told Give Me Sport talks between Chelsea and N’Golo Kante over a new deal at Stamford Bridge have ‘failed’ – amid reports that Arsenal and Tottenham could sign the World Cup winner 2018.

Kante, 31, is out of the World Cup after undergoing hamstring surgery which is expected to keep him out until February. He could also be out of contract soon after, with the Chelsea star’s £290,000-a-week contract expiring next June.

Kante is now in his seventh season at Chelsea, in which he has recorded 262 appearances in all competitions. But a predisposition to injury is more important and there is some debate over whether to give it a new one.

Foot Mercato report that Kante wants to stay in London whether or not he signs a new contract at Chelsea. They claim Arsenal and Tottenham are possible destinations for the ex-Leicester star. Bairner gives an update.

“To be honest, my understanding of the current situation does not vary from a large number of sources. The talks broke down over the length of the contract as a sticking point. We’ve heard that Barcelona are interested in Kante.

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Kante talks break down amid Tottenham and Arsenal reports

So what is Kante’s best move? It looks like staying at Chelsea isn’t the solution. Even if he stays, does he start under Graham Potter? Chelsea have some of the best midfielders in the Premier League.

Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic are two of the best the Premier League has to offer. But Kante’s future may hinge on theirs. Jorginho, like Kante, is out of contract in June. Kovacic a year later, in 2024. Chelsea have other options too.

Mason Mount, Conor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and others. So there are options and Potter may be looking to bring in his own players as well. Kante might not start as regularly as before his hamstring issues.

So a move to Arsenal or Tottenham might actually suit Kante more. Spurs need depth in the middle of the park and it’s likely he would suit Antonio Conte’s style. A meeting with the Spurs boss would be tempting.

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