Manchester United could reportedly make a shock move for Chelsea star N’Golo Kante with Erik ten Hag seeking to rebuild his side from top to bottom.
Ten Hag is about to hitch United for the beginning of pre-season after he provisionally agreed a move from Ajax in April. A plethora of players are set to depart the club, including midfield stars Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic.
But with United formerly taking a look at the likes of Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips and Aurelien Tchouameni, a deal for a much older midfielder in Kante could well be done as a substitute. The Every day Mirror reports that United consider the hard-working midfielder is an achievable goal on condition that Thomas Tuchel is about to be handed an enormous transfer budget by recent owner Todd Boehly.
With only one 12 months left on his contract, there is no such thing as a higher time to chase a cut-price deal for the Frenchman’s services. Ten Hag believes that the midfielder still has the flexibility and desire to assist the young United stars which might be coming through.
And with drastic surgery within the engine room needed, Kante could well be the right candidate for the role. Current boss and future technical advisor Ralf Rangnick has previously criticised the club’s policy of signing older players, which could prove an issue with Kante being 31 years of age.
Nevertheless, United chiefs still consider he has plenty to supply resulting from his energetic and never-say-die nature. The diminutive Frenchman joined the Blues in 2016 for £32million after winning the Premier League with Leicester.
The box-to-box star has been reliable for his club and country, making over 100 appearances within the last two years. And being a born winner – having won the Champions League, Europa League, World Cup and Premier League in his last five years as a footballer – appeals massively to United bosses over the profile of player they need.