Inter Milan have reportedly interested in signing N’Golo Kante as Blues ready to cash in on Frenchman this summer, according to reports in Italy.
Kante, 29, was once regarded as untouchable by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard but the midfielder’s battle with injuries has seen him soften his stance.
And according to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, claims Chelsea could be willing to offload the Frenchman with N’Golo Kante’s former boss Antonio Conte already eyeing up a move to bring him to Inter Milan this summer.
However, a move for the 29-year-old midfield won’t come cheap, considering that he still have three years left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge.
The Frenchman also earns a reported £290,0000 a week with Chelsea, which could also prove a problem for any potential suitors due to financial effect of coronavirus pandemic.
However, Antonio Conte is reportedly willing to see past the injury issues and high wages as he looks to strengthen his midfield following a disappointing campaign at the San Siro.
N’Golo Kante has started 20 Premier League games for Chelsea this season, which includes four appearances post-lockdown.
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has hinted that he will not rely on the World Cup winner forever, as his as his persistent hamstring issues continues to be a problem.
Lampard said: ‘We will see how we are pre-season. I am happy to look at managing a player like him, with the level he has reached in previous years in his career.
‘That will be a very open conversation between myself and N’Golo and our strength and conditioning coach and our medical team. The big issue this season was that he came to pre-season injured and missed a massive part of the season.
‘We tried to quickly get him fit for the Super Cup and he was incredible in his performance [against Liverpool] but he was still struggling. That has been a domino effect for him. It’s time to take stock in this period.
‘The injury he has got now is not really related to the serious nature of the knee injury he had coming into the season.
‘It’s a small injury which is probably more down to the games played and the lack of pre-season.’