Manchester United should consider signing Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante if they want to become title challengers next season, according to Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend.
United are on the verge of completing their first signing of the summer after agreeing a £40million deal with Ajax for Donny van de Beek.
The Dutchman is expected to compete with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes for an attacking role in the side.
But there are still question marks over who will protect the back four out of Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay.
Townsend thinks it could be a smart move to try and tempt Chelsea to part with Kante to free Pogba from his defensive shackles.
The two Frenchman were instrumental for their international since which won the 2018 World Cup.
Kante has often been tasked with having more offensive duties under by Frank Lampard but Townsend does not feel that is the 29-year-old’s strongest role.
“For me, 100 per cent, his best position is just in front of the back four, patrolling that midfield, literally like a wall between the midfield and the back four,” Townsend told talkSPORT.
“He is the best player in the world in that position. If, hypothetically, he went to Man United, he would make them title challengers.
“Not only because they’ve got N’Golo Kante, but the freedom it’ll allow Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes to play higher up the field.”
Chelsea are considering offloading Kante to make room for West Hame ace Declan Rice.
But Townsend thinks it would be a mistake if Lampard let the two-time Premier League winner leave.
“I hope he’s still got a place at Chelsea. Like I said, he’s the best player in the world in that position,” he added.
“I’d like to think he can get back into the team and get playing as well as we know he can. But only Frank [Lampard] can answer that question.
“Maybe Frank is like [Maurizio] Sarri where he doesn’t see that [defensive midfield] position, playing that way in the Premier League.
“Maybe he wants to play a bit more attacking. Kante can go to any team in the world.”
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