Chelsea have reportedly interesting in sell midfielder N’Golo Kante in this summer transfer window, with boss Frank Lampard keen to trim his squad following a plethora of incomings this summer.
That is according to transfer expert Ian McGarry, who claims Frank Lampard keen to adopt the approach of his former boss Jose Mourinho by having a smaller core of first-team players to call upon this season.
The Blues have signed sixth major signing of an incredible transfer window and remain keen on bringing in a goalkeeper.
The arrivals t Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and and Kai Havertz have taking their total spending to an enormous £230m.
Defenders Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr have also joined on free transfers, so Frank Lampard is eager to reduce his playing staff.
And France star N’Golo Kante is a player who the club are allowing to leave, though the 29-year-old is not keen on doing so.
‘Chelsea are willing to let N’Golo Kante, a player who has been absolutely pivotal in a league-winning season for Chelsea, but they are willing to let him go,’ McGarry said on the Transfer Window podcast.
‘Obviously this comes with a bit of balancing the books because you don’t spend £230m in one window without having to trim your squad.
‘We know that Lampard follows the Mourinho template of liking to work with a core 18 or 19 players for the majority of the season and playing those players consistently, making changes when he has to and rotating when he has to.
‘I think Frank is keen to trim the squad and make sure he’s not got people hanging about as ‘bodies’, as he calls them.
‘My understanding is that Kante is very much settled in England and would be resistant to leaving.
‘His current contract with Chelsea is a very good one, it was upgraded two years ago.
‘He’s in no rush to leave Stamford Bridge or England for that matter.
‘So that would be a persuasion on Chelsea’s part as well as perhaps a payment, because he’s not going to be asking for a transfer anytime soon.
‘I think he feels like he’s suffered a little bit in terms of a lack of game time last season.’
N’Golo Kante struggled with injury problems last season and started just 20 Premier League matches.
PSG, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United have been linked with a move for the midfielder.