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Chelsea make enquiry over Yves Bissouma swoop

Chelsea could well be looking to continue their January spending spree with the signing of Tottenham Hotspur’s Yves Bissouma, with the Blues currently closing in on the signing of Noni Madueke.

What’s the word?

According to the Telegraph’s Matt Law, the Stamford Bridge outfit are said to have made an enquiry regarding the potential acquisition of the 26-year-old, with the west Londoners also seemingly willing to offer Hakim Ziyech as part of any deal.

Despite including the Moroccan international as part of the exchange, the report does suggest that Spurs do not intend to part ways with the former Brighton and Hove Albion man any time soon, having only signed Bissouma on a £25m deal over the summer.

As stated above, this comes amid widespread reports that PSV Eindhoven starlet, Madueke is set to follow the likes of Joao Felix and Mykhaylo Mudryk in joining Graham Potter’s side this month, with the Englishman set to be the 15th addition of the Todd Boehly regime to date.

Dream Kante heir

Although those at N17 do appear reluctant to sanction a sale for Bissouma in the coming weeks, Chelsea’s chances of sealing a move could well be boosted by the fact that the Malian midfielder has endured something of a bit-part role under Antonio Conte this term, with only nine of his 21 outings across all fronts having come from the start.

It has proven a difficult transition to life in the capital for the one-time Lille ace, although the 6 foot maestro did previously flourish during his time at the Amex, having been described as a “monster” by journalist Aaron Stokes in the recent past.

The £55k-per-week playmaker notably illustrated his ball-winning prowess in what was a fine campaign under Potter last term, having averaged 2.9 tackles and 1.9 interceptions per game from his 26 Premier League outings.

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Such quality in regaining possession – which is also showcased by the fact that he ranks in the top 8% among his European peers for interceptions made – could well ensure that Bissouma proves a dream heir for the ageing N’Golo Kante at Stamford Bridge.

The diminutive Frenchman has been lauded as one of the top-flight’s most “influential” midfielders of the last decade by club legend Joe Cole, having helped the club to Champions League and Premier League glory since his move from Leicester City back in 2016.

The 31-year-old’s hallmark has arguably been his relentless presence in the centre of the park, showcased by the fact that he ranks in the top 13% for tackles and the top 16% for interceptions at present.

That being said, the experienced asset’s powers may well be on the wane, with persistent injury woes having ensured that Kante has only featured twice this season in all competitions.

Equally, with just six months remaining on his existing deal, the £290k-per-week machine is facing an uncertain future at present, hence the need to potentially find a suitable successor for the long term.

As such, Potter could well find that ideal heir for the World Cup winner by reuniting with Bissouma in the coming weeks.