In a shocking move last month, Spain sacked managed Julen Lopetegui only two days before the start of the World Cup. The Spanish Football Federation decided to sack the manager as a matter of principle as he agreed on a deal with Real Madrid behind the Federation’s back. The Spanish coach will now take over the reins in Madrid who were left without a coach after Zinedine Zidane shocked the world by announcing his resignation.
Real’s new boss is looking to bolster his squad with new players and it seems that N’Golo Kante is his main transfer target. The Frenchman had a wonderful start to his Chelsea career, leading the team to the title in his first season. However, with speculation on Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea and their disappointing season, many players are said to be on the move. The sub-par season has led Chelsea’s stars to rethink their future at the club, with Kante supposedly keen on a move to French champions Paris Saint Germain.
Now, another club has joined the hunt for the brilliant French midfielder. Lopetegui will certainly make some changes to Real Madrid’s lineup and he is reportedly eyeing Kante in a pivotal role in midfield. According to Don Balon, Kante is Lopetegui highest-rated target as he’s looking to bring more cohesion in midfield. Lopetegui has requested the Blues star who won’t be leaving for less than €80 – after all, he’s one of Chelsea’s best players.
This could be a great move for both teams. It may be the perfect time for Kante to leave, as Chelsea’s dip in form last season saw them miss out on a Champions League spot, even though they did win the FA Cup. Real Madrid, on the other hand, is competing for trophies every season, winning the Champions League 3 seasons in a row. However, with Zidane leaving, there’s a strong belief that key players will leave the biggest Madrid team, signaling a restructuring in key areas.
Of course, even if players such as Ronaldo, Modric, and Bale leave the club, Madrid has ambitious plans on replacing them. Reports are saying that Lopetegui is looking to restructure the squad, demanding 5-6 players, with Neymar, Lewandowski, Kante, and David De Gea on the list. The European champions will have no problems paying a high price for any of these players as they’re constantly among the richest clubs in the world.
It remains to be seen if Chelsea will agree to let Kante walk away. He has been instrumental in midfield during his first season and has shown glimpses of his quality during the second which saw the club finish 5th in the Premier League. With all the rumours about key players leaving and the uncertain future of Antonio Conte, Chelsea’s chances for the upcoming season of the Premier League are not that great. If you want to place a bet on Chelsea’s title chances at online bookmakers, you will likely find them behind the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool.