Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has indicated he is planning to make a move for Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante.
The Gunners have already activated the Â£20million release clause in Jamie Vardy’s contract and are waiting on a decision from the England international, although former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has said he expects the striker to remain with Leicester following reports suggesting as much earlier this week.
Wenger could still raid the champions however, as he has admitted his admiration of holding midfielder N’Golo Kante.
“I admire and like N’Golo Kante a lot, it gives you ideas,” he told beIN Sports. “He gives you the feeling that the higher the level he plays at, the more at ease he is. We are talking about numbers. He has the most interceptions in Europe and by far.
“He has incredible quality. He feels the game, only very few people can do that. He’s always where he needs to be. It is very rare to have that in the central midfielder. Not always orthodox, but always in the right place.”
It is understood that Kante also has a Â£20million release clause in his deal with the Foxes, having arrived in a Â£5.6million deal from Caen last summer.
The 25-year-old is currently with France at Euro 2016 and no move is expected until the hosts’ tournament has come to an end.
Arsenal have already landed Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach this summer but Wenger could be prepared to bolster his midfield options further having been hit with a number of injury problems over the course of last season.