Wenger discusses future of Arsenal target Kante

Date published: Friday 24th June 2016 10:33

Arsene Wenger has discussed the future of Leicester midfielder and reported Arsenal target N’Golo Kante.

Having recently missed out on Kante’s teammate Jamie Vardy, who signed a contract extension with Premier League winners Leicester despite interest from Arsenal, the Gunners will now move their attentions to other targets.

Wenger has long been linked with a move for compatriot Kante, who shone for the Foxes last season and has been one of France’s best performers at Euro 2016.

Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are also interested in the 25-year-old, who joined Leicester for around £6m in summer 2015.

Wenger discussed a potential move for Kante with beIN Sports on Thursday.

“It is very difficult to talk about that at the moment,” said the manager. “Kante is on the list of many clubs. It is an area where we have many players.

“We will see what happens in the next two or three weeks. It looks like Leicester have bought a player from Nice [midfielder Nampalys Mendy] with similar qualities to Kante, so whether they envisage to lose him or not I don’t know.

On his excellent performances at Euro 2016, Wenger added: “If you ask 100 people in the street if they want Kante to play you will get 100 saying yes. He has done the job in one or two games and I am not surprised.

“I said two months ago this boy will play the whole European Championship. We know him well from Leicester now and I am not surprised that he is starting. He has been one of the revelations of the French team.”

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