Chelsea could look to sell midfielder N’Golo Kante this summer as Frank Lampard doesn’t see the Frenchman as a vital part of his plans with the Blues, it’s been claimed.
Kante has spent a good deal of the season on the sidelines with various muscle injuries.
He hasn’t played in Chelsea’s last four games because of a hamstring injury he picked up against Watford.
Kante, however, has arguably been Chelsea’s best and most consistent player since he signed in 2016.
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The World Cup winner has become one of the best defensive midfielders in world football since his title-winning season with Leicester.
But in the last year to 18 months, Kante has become more injury prone than usual.
Without him in the side, Chelsea tend to play with Matteo Kovacic and Jorginho to varying degrees of success.
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According to Sport, however, Lampard doesn’t see Kante as a vital part of his plans, and he may look to move him on,.
Sport say a potential departure would cost around £54million, a fee which would greatly bolster Chelsea’s transfer kitty.
The club have already spent around £80m on Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, and will be looking to spend the same amount on Bayer Leverkusen forward Kai Havertz.
Chelsea play Liverpool on Wednesday evening and Lampard gave an update on Kante’s fitness.
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“N’Golo is not fit, he is not ready for this game,” he said.
Lampard also mentioned that his side have a lot to do to close the gap on Premier League champions Liverpool.
“We have a long way to go, we have to be realistic about that as a club,” he added.
“Themselves and Manchester City, particularly Liverpool with their league form this year have shown an incredible consistency.
“That comes only from hard work and sometimes over time with fantastic players and coaching.”
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