Chelsea have turned down an offer from Inter Milan for N’Golo Kante, with the Italian giants open to including Christian Eriksen or Marcelo Brozovic in any potential deal for the Frenchman.
Kante, 29, had an injury-ravaged season last term and made just 22 appearances for the Blues in the Premier League under Frank Lampard.
Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League title with Kante back in 2017, has been keen for the midfielder to join him at the San Siro ahead of the 2020/21 campaign and Inter are refusing to give up their pursuit without a fight.
The Serie A outfit have explored a possible loan agreement for Kante and also lodged an audacious bid to sign the France international outright which included Croatian midfielder Brozovic.
But, according to The Telegraph, Inter have been unsuccessful with their attempts to land Kante thus far.
Their latest offer involving Brozovic was swiftly rejected – and Chelsea have made it clear they have no interest in a deal including ex-Tottenham star Eriksen, after Inter insinuated the Dane was available in exchange for Kante this summer.
The Nerazzurri club may still return with another bid for the World Cup-winner but this will only be feasible if they are able to raise funds through player sales.
Chelsea have made up for lost time in the wake of their two-window transfer ban, bringing in Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Kai Havertz and Malang Sarr this summer.
The Premier League giants are also closing in on an agreement for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, with Kepa Arrizabalaga’s future up in the air after a miserable campaign between the sticks at Chelsea.
Lampard, asked about a move for Mendy, at his Thursday press conference, replied: ‘He’s a Rennes player, so it is a nonstarter for me to talk about at the minute.’
On the signing Chelsea have made this summer, Lampard said: ‘We were joined up in the business we wanted to do.
‘Hopefully we did it in a good way, we should be excited with a word of caution to get them settled into the team as soon as possible.
‘The work starts now.’
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