Wenger retains Leicester raid hope

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has not ruled out making a bid for Leicester City star N’Golo Kante after missing out on Jamie Vardy.

Arsenal: Wenger retains Leicester raid hopeArsenal: Wenger retains Leicester raid hope

The Gunners looked to take 29-year-old Vardy in this transfer window having triggered a £20million release clause in his contract, but the striker snubbed the move and opted to stay put, penning a new four-year deal with the Premier League champions in the process.

Wenger took Vardy’s decision well, saying he respected the England international and went on to wish him ‘good luck’ for the future.

However he then went on to heap praise on Vardy’s Foxes team-mate and his fellow Frenchman, Kante, who enjoyed an excellent debut season in the Premier League having arrived from Caen last summer.

Kante’s form saw him named in the Premier League’s team of the year and he has been thrust into Didier Deschamps’ Les Bleus squad for the ongoing Euro 2016 in his homeland.

Wenger acknowledged that he has players in his squad who operate in the same combative midfield role as Kante, but he refused to dismiss the possibility of trying to lure him to the Emirates Stadium.

“It is very difficult to talk about that at the moment,” Wenger said. “Kante is on the list of many clubs. It is an area where we have many players.

“We will see what happens in the next two or three weeks. It looks like Leicester have bought a player from Nice [Nampalys Mendy] with similar qualities to Kante, so whether they envisage to lose him or not I don’t know.”

It has been suggested that Kante, like Vardy, has a £20million release clause in his Leicester deal by some sources but Arsenal are unlikely to make a move until after Euro 2016 has come to an end.

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