Real Madrid are reportedly plotting a swoop for Chelsea midfield star N’Golo Kante. with the club ready to sell in order to generate transfer funds.

According to a report from the Express, Chelsea are open to offloading midfield mainstay N’Golo Kante to fund a move for top target Kai Havertz. And this has alerted La Liga leaders Real Madrid, who are now eyeing a move for the Frenchman.

Kante has grown into one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe, since making the move to Leicester City in 2015. Having helped the Foxes to a shock Premier League title in his first season, he switched to Chelsea in 2016 and won a league title in his maiden campaign with the Blues as well.

Over the years, the Frenchman has added an FA Cup and an Europa League trophy to his tally with the West Londoners, playing a key role in their success. However, the ongoing season has been a difficult one for the diminutive midfielder, with niggling injuries hampering him.

Kante has still managed to take the field 27 times, bagging three goals. However, given the plethora of options at manager Frank Lampard’s disposal in the centre of the park, he is now facing the axe.

Set to be shown the exit doors at Stamford Bridge? (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

Set to be shown the exit doors at Stamford Bridge? (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

Furthermore, Chelsea are looking to sign Kai Havertz, while they are also targeting a new left-back, with Ben Chilwell at the top of their shopping list. Having already splashed the cash on Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, they need to generate funds to sign the duo. This could force them to sell some players, with Kante among those who could be exit-bound.

This development has piqued the interest of Real Madrid, who are now eyeing a swoop for the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner. The Merengues boss Zinedine Zidane is known to be an admirer of his compatriot and has been wanting him to sign Kante for a while now.

Given that Luka Modric is in the twilight of his career at 34 and the lack of a cover for Casemiro in the holding midfield role, a move for Kante makes sense for the record European champions.

Kante still has three years left on his contract with Chelsea. However, with the Blues open to offloading the 29-year-old in the summer, a move to Real Madrid could very well take place once the transfer window is open for business.

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