Chelsea are making progress in talks over a new contract with N’Golo Kante, according to Daily Mail.
Kante’s Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season and the Blues are confident the 31 year old midfielder will extend his contract with the club.
Kante, who won the World Cup with France in 2018, has struggled this year with injuries and had looked likely to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract comes to an end next summer.
Chelsea and Kante are both reportedly confident a deal will be struck soon, the contract length remains a key issue – with the two parties yet to agree on the duration.
The Blues are offering Kante a two-year contract with the option of a third year but the 31 year old midfielder reportedly wants a longer deal.
Spanish club Barcelona and Saudi Arabia club Al-Nassr are both interested in signing Kante as a free agent at the end of the season.
Whether Kante extends his contract with the club or not, the Blues remain keen on strengthening the midfield and will pursue moves for Enzo Fernandez or Jude Bellingham.
Premier League talents such as Declan Rice, Romeo Lavia and Moises Caicedo are also in Chelsea’s transfer shortlist.