This may seem weird considering where the massive chunk of Juventus' spending on the transfer market has gone to center of an already very good midfield to bring Miralem Pjanic from Rome to Turin. But, according to reports out of Italy on Wednesday, there could be more money devoted to strengthening the heart of Juve's midfield.
He's one of Leicester's heroes as well as a protagonist of Euro 2016 for France. N'Golo Kante has attracted interest from half of Europe and in the last few hours there is interest from Juventus to be noticed: The player has a release clause of around 20 million pounds, but his agents, in agreement with Leicester would like to sell him at a higher price: Juventus has collected information. Real Madrid is also on the player.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
Take it for what it's worth, but beside Di Marzio, Tuttosport is also reporting that Juventus has interest in signing Kante this summer. That could sound off all of the B.S. alarms among the masses — and they could very well be right. But this isn't the first time that Kante, who was massive in Leicester's run to the English Premier League title, has been linked with a move to Juventus within the last month or so.
If Juve are to truly be targeting the 25-year-old Kante, then their reported competition is pretty much who you would think it would be when a player of this quality is available for a pretty reasonable €25 million buyout clause. Like stated above, Real Madrid is arguably the leader in the clubhouse right now if Kante were to move away from the Foxes this summer. Chelsea — who have had a hoot of a time trying to sign another Roma midfielder, Radja Nainggolan, this summer — are another team reportedly hot on the trail of Kante, currently at the European Championships with France.
(Side note: Based on how the Nainggolan negotiations have gone for Chelsea over the last month or so, Beppe Marotta looks like a genius for how fast he swooped in and signed Pjanic. So thank you, Beppe, for not getting into a situation like Chelsea currently finds itself in.)
Who knows with all of this, though. This could very well just serve as a new name in the rotation of names that the Italian press links Juventus with while they wait for the Euros to get over with. We very well could hear about André Gomes and that would be that. Oh, wait. We already have Thursday morning.