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Report: Juventus to target Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante this summer

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There are three games left in the 2015-16 Serie A season, which means there aren't many things to talk other than how Juventus has won their fifth straight title in remarkable fashion. (This will never get tiresome, by the way.) But it also means more transfer talk about how Beppe Marotta, Fabio Paratici and the rest of Juve's front office will try and improve an already-impressive roster that just won a fifth straight Scudetto.

The Mirror is saying that Juventus is potentially shopping for one in England, too.

As rumors fly regarding Juventus' pursuit of Valencia midfielder André Gomes, reports out of England on Friday involved a different midfielder that will be taking part in this summer's European Championship — 25-year-old Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante. Yes, the same Kante who has been ultra-impressive for Claudio Ranieri in his first season with the soon-to-be Premier League champion Foxes.

The price is reportedly not as steep as it would be to acquire Gomes, with Kante having a £20 million buy-out clause. And for a player of Kante's quality, a hard-nosed midfielder who leads the Premier League in tackles per game this season, that price tag would likely be something a lot of the big-money teams in Europe would be more than happy to fork over to secure his services.

And that is exactly the case. Antonio Conte's Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain in Kante's homeland of France and Real Madrid are all clubs that The Mirror point to as Juventus' potential competition. Maybe the deal for Gomes is actually close to being done and that will end up being Juve's big-money midfield purchase. But Kante wouldn't be a bad alternative to the high-priced Valencia midfielder. And when I say "wouldn't be a bad alternative," I pretty much sit here and give the thumbs up to any kind of Juventus pursuit to sign Kante.