Chelsea has not only its fans in suspense, but the entire football planet. The sale of the club by Roman Abramovich raises questions about its planning. The blues, habitual agitators of the markets, now they have the hot potato to check with what airs the new management will land. Christensen, Rüdiger and Azpilicueta, with contracts to expire on June 30 (although the Spaniard had an automatic extension clause and it won’t turn out badly), have been protagonists these months, but a footballer like N’Golo Kanté, with a contract until 2023, can get ready in the summer for the big ones in the midst of so much instability.
The French midfielder is interested in continuing to be linked to the club and the love he professes for him is extracted from his latest statements. In addition to having slammed the door on PSG’s intentions in January to get hold of him. “Since I arrived here, I have had many great seasons, with the team, the coaches and the fans. I hope we can continue like this, keep winning, and that’s how I see the future.”affirmed in sky sports. However, it is not only his continuity in London that depends on him and Chelsea’s persecution of two footballers like Tchouaméni and Declan Rice, two of the pivots with the most potential of the moment, blur that future together the one in Paris was talking about.
Several intermediaries are pending N’Golo’s situation, willing to place him on the negotiating table of the biggest clubs on the continent, Real Madrid among them. When the time comes, if the horizon is not clarified, they will knock on doors, knowing that the summer of 2022 is Chelsea’s last option to get an economic return thanks to a potential sale. His performance is indisputable and his almost 2,000 minutes at this point (31 games) or his candidacy for the last The Best (placed fifth) after being a fundamental vertebra to lift the second Big-eared of Chelsea thus demonstrate it. But it seems The coexistence of Rice or Tchouaméni, talented 23 and 22 years old respectively, with a player like him is complicatedwho has just turned 31. West Ham is asking for 180 million euros for its captain and Monaco 60 for Aurélien. Two titanic operations that, if produced in a Chelsea key, would collide directly with the renewal of Kanté.
We already know that the transfer market is a constant domino effect. The fall of one piece sets the rest in motion. And, although it is true that, at this time, Real Madrid does not have footballers of Kanté’s profile in its plansif they lose the battle with Chelsea themselves for Tchouaméni, they can be put on the spot. His market value is 50 million (according to Transfermarkt), but with only one contract year ahead, his price would be devalued. It would be a market opportunity that suddenly arisesas it happened with Alaba, who landed for free and has brought so much immediate success, or Toni Kroos in the past, converted into one of the most profitable signings in the history of the white entity after costing only 25 million euros in 2014 (he had one more year of contract ahead of him).
What’s more, Kanté has already been on white radar before. In 2016, when the Parisian had just been proclaimed Premier champion with Rainieri’s iconic Leicester (Mahrez, Vardy, Drinkwater…), Madrid was interested in him, but it would be Chelsea who would end up fishing the pivot for 36 million of euros. Later, in 2019, the prestigious medium the athletic wakefulness Zidane’s interest in his compatriot. At that time, N’Golo had renewed with the Stamford Bridge entity months before (he did it on November 23, 2018). Same contract, which assures you just over 9 million euros net per yearwhich is still valid today. Madrid’s roadmap goes in another direction (Tchouaméni and efforts by Mbappé and Haaland), but if Kante gets within range…