Juventus are exploring the possibility of signing Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante in the summer, according to Tuttosport.
The midfielder is also being tracked by both Real Madrid and PSG as the Blues face up to the prospect of losing an indispensable member of Maurizio Sarri’s squad.
Kante is perhaps the finest player Chelsea have signed in recent years.
A World Cup winner, a tireless midfielder and one of few players to win two Premier League trophies with two separate clubs, Kante has been at Stamford Bridge since 2016.
He has made a total of 131 appearances for the Blues and, as well as the English top-flight, he has also won the FA Cup in west London.
However, Tuttosport claim that he could leave in the summer.
The France international has been deployed in a more attacking role this season, scoring four goals in all competitions, but the report asserts that he would be open to a transfer in the summer.
As a result, intermediaries of Juve are said to have made contact with the midfielder as they look into the prospect of another eye-bulging transfer, just one summer removed from their sensational move for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real Madrid and PSG are also monitoring developments surrounding the elite 27-year-old.
Quite simply, Sarri deserves the sack if he allows Kante to depart the club.
He has attempted to reshape arguably the best defensive midfielder on the planet into an attack-minded shuttler and has only had moderate success with the experiment.
And the World Cup winning ace could well use that as a reason to seek an exit; he deserves to play in his preferred role, having repeatedly proven his ability in that position over several years with both club and country.
There is no other defensive midfielder anywhere close to Kante’s level, at least that would be attainable for Chelsea, and thus his departure may hurt more than any other player at the club, perhaps even including Eden Hazard.
If Sarri’s downright stubbornness sees Kante jet off to Italy, it would leave a major hole in the centre of the pitch that would take Chelsea years to fill – especially with a transfer ban on the horizon.
The Blues boss needs to do everything he can to ensure he gets Kante back on side otherwise owner Roman Abramovich would be well within his rights to swing the axe.