Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has urged Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to make an £80 million bid for Chelsea star N’Golo Kante.
Former Liverpool star Danny Murphy has provided transfer advice to Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The former England midfielder has urged the Norwegian to make a move for Chelsea superstar and World Cup winning midfielder N’Golo Kante in his column for the Daily Mail.
It has been a forgettable season for Manchester United as they find themselves facing the prospect of no Champions League football for the next season. After a bright start to Solskjaer’s reign as the manager, the Red Devils’ form has plummeted severely over the past month or so, leading to them winning just two of their last ten games in all competitions.
Major tweaks are required to the squad ahead of the next season, with Solskjaer hinting at the possibility of a revamp. And midfield would be one area that Manchester United should look to strengthen as they are set to lose Ander Herrera to PSG on a free transfer, while last summer’s signing Fred has failed to live up to the expectations.
And Murphy, now, has claimed that Manchester United should look at the possibility of signing Chelsea ace N’Golo Kante by making an offer in the range of £80 million, which the Blues might find difficult to reject.
Kante joined Chelsea in the summer of 2016 after his title-winning heroics with Leicester City and played an integral role as the Blues went on to win the Premier League title under Antonio Conte. The midfielder has notched up 139 appearances for the Blues and has also won an FA Cup last season.
Kante has played out of position for most of the ongoing season, with Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri using him in an advanced role in the middle of the park. While the Frenchman has done well in the new position, he remains best suited to the defensive midfield role where he has excelled for club and country in the past.
There have been speculations that Kante isn’t entirely happy with his position and Murphy has advised Manchester United to take advantage of the situation and make a move for him in the summer.
“I’m not convinced N’Golo Kante can be happy playing out of position at Chelsea, even though he doesn’t seem a lad who kicks up a fuss. Do what you can to see if Chelsea would be tempted by an £80m fee. Try to find out if Kante would like to play in front of 76,000 fans every week as the undisputed No 1 holding midfielder,” the 42-year-old former Liverpool star wrote in his column.
Kante signed a new contract with Chelsea in November last year, extending his stay at the London club till 2023. Given how integral he is to the side, it is extremely unlikely that the Blues would be willing to let go of him in the summer, more so considering that they have been hit with a two-window transfer ban, and it remains to be seen if a transfer can ever see the light of the day.