In the ever-complicating transfer window, chains of transfers are becoming more and more common as England’s top clubs have realised the impact their own business can have on the ability of their rivals to shuffle their own packs.
When a side comes into a windfall or needs an urgent replacement for a key man, it can cause ripples in the transfer market.
So, Football FanCast have decided to look at potential transfer triangles and one could be sparked if French international N’Golo Kante is tempted to move to Paris Saint-Germain for £100m, as reported by Goal.
There is no doubt that it would have repercussions across Europe, so we’ve taken a closer look at the timeline that could happen if a post-World Cup mega-deal is done.
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Kante joining the French champions would be the deal that sparks it all off. PSG are understandably reportedly keen to accumulate the best of the native talent on offer and Kante’s energy would add something different.
The Parisians’ season essentially boils down to how well they perform in the Champions League knockout rounds and Kante has shown himself to be capable of stepping up on the world stage.
The World Cup has been further evidence of that and the former Leicester destroyer is also improving all the time in possession, so can be trusted in a side that will dominate most league games.
Kante’s arrival for big money would necessitate that PSG make a major sale in order to make space for the Frenchman and also to balance the books, with Kylian Mbappe’s monster transfer set to be finalised this summer as well.
Reports last month said that Italian playmaker Marco Verratti had been offered to Manchester United and PSG would surely hope that Jose Mourinho could stump up the cash to take him off their hands.
He is more of an artist, where Kante is a blocker, and that would offer Mourinho the opportunity to add some much-needed guile from deep to the ranks at Old Trafford.
Chelsea’s manager – whoever it proves to be – will need to replace Kante with a player of the right quality as he has become such a key member of the squad.
The Goal report names Tanguy Ndombele of Lyon as the man on the Blues’ radar to do exactly that, but it feels slightly early for the 21-year-old at this stage to take on such a responsibility.
However, Kante’s success at Leicester came because an English club were willing to take the risk with a player from French football and Chelsea would hope to scale up that idea if Ndombele is the man they go for to fill the huge shoes of the little man.