Chelsea Round-Up: Midfielder set to leave, Hunt for French attacker, Croatian defender on the radar


                           Paris Saint-Germain eager to sign £300,000-a-week Chelsea midfielder

N’Golo Kante is set to walk away from Chelsea on a free transfer if the London giants fail to raise the length of the contract on offer to him at Stamford Bridge. The 31-year-old midfielder is out of contract at the end of the campaign and is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign teams from January 1st.

N’Golo has been blighted by injuries in the last three campaigns, playing only 66 league games in that time. Kante remains one of the most effective footballers in world football and the Blues are keen to keep him. Chelsea want France international to recognise his increasing problem when it comes to agreeing on a new deal at Chelsea.

Chelsea have offered the French midfielder a two-year contract, which the midfielder has turned down. The former Leicester City midfielder turned down Chelsea’s proposal and wants a four-year contract, similar to the one that the club handed Koulibaly earlier this summer.

PSG are tracking the Frenchman and they’re willing to offer the midfielder a longer deal if it persuades him to return to Ligue 1. The Blues, therefore, risk losing Kante, who they signed for £30m in 2016, on a free transfer. N’Golo returned from injury this week, having not featured since the 2-2 draw with Tottenham in August.

Graham Potter is keen to keep N’Golo Kante but he says his immediate focus is on getting him back to full fitness. ‘My focus is to help him rehabilitate in a good way so he is available for us. When on the pitch, he is a huge asset for us. The other stuff (contract talks) is between the club and him,’ said Graham Potter.

                                       Chelsea in bidding war for €80m-rated France international

Christopher Nkunku has already signed a pre-contract agreement with Chelsea and will move to the London giants next summer in a big-money deal, according to reports.

France international was chased by many teams during the most recent transfer window but RB Leipzig managed to convince him to extend his deal, though it included a release clause which would become active in the summer of 2023.

The Blues have agreed to pay far in excess of that figure now in order to beat off competition from some of Europe’s biggest teams and already have a full agreement in place with Nkunku. Reports emerged on Friday that Christopher had already undergone a secret medical with Chelsea in Germany as they looked to finalise a deal now.

The 24-year-old attacker was one of the standout stars in the Bundesliga last campaign, netting 20 goals and laying on 13 assists, while he has already notched six times in the 2022/23 season.

The French attacker has been linked with the likes of Bayern Munich, old club PSG, Real Madrid and even Man United, with former coach Ralf Rangnick having personally championed the forward to the Red Devils’ hierarchy.

The battle to add the Frenchman is already over, with Nkunku having put pen to paper on a pre-contract agreement which will see him move to Chelsea at the end of this campaign. As part of the arrangement, Chelsea have committed to paying the Bundesliga giants a price in excess of the £52.7m release clause that becomes active next summer.

                                 Chelsea determined to sign €60m-rated Bundesliga centre-back

Chelsea are hoping to complete a double raid on Leipzig by bringing in both Christopher Nkunku, who has already signed a pre-contract deal and one his team-mates. The Blues appear to have won the battle to add the 24-year-old attacker, with the forward already having undergone a secret medical and agreed terms.

The Blues will pay a figure in excess of Christopher’s £52.5m release clause, which only becomes active next summer and have moved early in order to beat off the competition. There is a pre-contract agreement already in place and Nkunku will make the switch to Chelsea at the end of the current campaign.

But France international is not the only RB Leipzig footballer Chelsea are interested in signing, with the London club also chasing Josko Gvardiol throughout the summer transfer window.

RB Leipzig were adamant the defender was not for sale and managed to convince Croatia international to sign a deal extension, but, as with Nkunku, it included a release clause that can be triggered next summer.

The London giants are hoping to secure deals for both footballers in advance of next summer and will again likely pay slightly more than Josko’s release clause, which stands at £43.6m.

Although Chelsea spent big to sign Fofana and Koulibaly in the summer, there are still concerns over the back-line, particularly with Thiago Silva and Azpilicueta in the twilight of their careers.