Things are changing at Stamford Bridge this summer.
What was expected to be a quiet transfer window has been anything but, and Chelsea have certainly led the way.
Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz are all positive signings in their respective ways.
The arrivals lounge at Stamford Bridge has proven to be a popular place. Yet the limited number of departures so far means Frank Lampard will have plenty of options to choose from for the upcoming season.
However, one player who has been linked with a move away from Chelsea is midfielder N’Golo Kante.
Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan are reportedly interested in acquiring Kante’s services, but the Blues won’t sell him on the cheap –according to the Mirror, the France international will not depart for less than £80million.
With a contract running until 2023, Chelsea are in a strong position in terms of keeping the 29-year-old in west London. But is there an argument to say they should sell?
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What constitutes a fair price for Kante can be debated, but there is still a case to make for allowing him to leave for a sizable fee.
Kante’s role under Lampard was disrupted by five separate injuries throughout the 2019/20 campaign.
The midfielder was unable to put together a significant run of games across all competitions which, in part, justifies why it could be worth cashing in on him now.
Not only that, but Kante will turn 30 years old before the end of the 2020/21 campaign, which means that he is likely to begin regressing in terms of physical performance.
While that may not show in terms of his displays on the pitch, the opportunity to sell him at a high price will only decrease with age.
In contrast, such a wide range of changes at Stamford Bridge this summer suggests that keeping hold of their most valuable midfielder would be more…