Chelsea & Manchester United Linked with £82m Raid for French International Pair: AnalysisPublished June 13, 2016
Leicester City & West Ham may well face a massive battle to keep hold of their top stars this summer with French national team stars N’Golo Kante and Dimitri Payet further boosting their reputations with superb displays against Romania.
Chelsea have been linked with a move for attacker Payet with the Daily Express linking the 29-year-old with a £60m transfer.
One can well see why the Blues, or any top side, would be circling around Payet right now but the cultured midfielder is tied down to a long term contract worth £125k a week and as such will be a hard nut to crack.
West Ham are under no pressure to sell the fan favourite and with the Hammer set to undertake their first season at their new home, the Olympic Stadium.
Payet cost West Ham just £10.7m and Slaven Bilic got the most out of the playmaker in his first season on English soil.
Always a joy to watch, and with a proven track record from his time at Saint-Etienne, Lille and Marseille, Payet duly delivered in a big way as he racked up nine goals and 12 assists in Premier League action alone.
Newly appointed Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is lining up a £22m bid for tough tackler Kante according to the Daily Mirror and in many ways the former Le Havre is in a similar situation to Payet in so much as his side will not be looking to consider offers for such a key player.
Kante will have Champions League football to look forward to in 2016/17 and that’s something Manchester United can not offer the tigerish defensive midfielder.
Mourinho will be handed a big sum as he sets about improving the squad he has inherited from Louis van Gaal and they could well do with a strong man cleaning up in the centre of the park but one feels that a move for Kante this summer is unlikely to bear fruit.
Leicester City paid just £5.6 for Kante last August and he played a key role in the Foxes’ outstanding Premier League title triumph.
Claudio Ranieri got the most of his squad and the Italian will hope to keep that side together and the excitement of a debut Premier League campaign at the King Power Stadium, and no doubt big new contracts, will act as motivation to stick around for another season at the East Midlands side.
Manchester United used a number of players to fill central midfield roles last season and veterans Bastian Schweinsteiger and Micheal Carrick are clearly in the latter stages of their careers whilst Daley Blind may well be on his way out and therefore a move for Kante makes good sense and clearly Mourinho is the type of manager who elicits interest from any player.