Real Madrid are reportedly ready to once again attempt to prise N’Golo Kante away from Chelsea and could offer up to £71m for the Frenchman.
The Spanish giants are looking to strengthen in the centre of the park this summer and have long been interested in Kante, attempting to sign the midfielder while he was at Leicester.
Spanish publication AS are reporting that Real’s chances of bringing Kante to the Bernabeu may be boosted by Chelsea’s own spending spree.
The Blues have already confirmed that Hakim Ziyech will join from Ajax for a fee of around €40m (£36m) and they are said to have agreed a deal in principle to sign Timo Werner, after meeting his £53m release clause.
Chelsea star N’Golo Kante is wanted by Real Madrid
Manager Frank Lampard is also hoping to bring Ben Chilwell to Stamford Bridge and they have also been linked with a big money move for German wonderkid Kai Havertz.
In order to fund the spending spree, a number of players are expected to be sold this summer.
Willian and Pedro are expected to leave the club when their contracts expire, while fringe players such as Michy Batshuayi, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta are likely to be moved on.
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Timo Werner looks set to link up with Chelsea this summer as part of a major spending spree
Real are said to believe that Chelsea’s spending spree will mean they are open to letting Kante leave but Daily Star Sport understands that, although the Blues are braced for a bid for the 29-year-old, he is not for sale.
Lampard has previously ruled out the idea of parting with Kante, labelling him “one of the best…