Chelsea's N'Golo Kante remains a PSG target but not a priority - source

Chelsea's N'Golo Kante remains a PSG target but not a priority - source
From ESPN - January 16, 2018

Chelsea's N'Golo Kante is not a priority summer transfer target for Paris Saint-Germain, but their interest in the midfielder cannot be ruled out, a source close to the club has told ESPN FC.

Monaco's Fabinho is another long-term target under consideration and Porto's Danilo Pereira is another consideration from last summer.

In the search for a successor to Motta in the PSG midfield, it was confirmed that long-standing interest in Kante -- dating back to when Olivier Letang was sporting director and again when Patrick Kluivert arrived as director of football -- has been revisited.

However, while an outstanding defensive midfielder, Kante is not the ideal type of player PSG want to add to their current midfield because they want a more technical figure and one capable of creating from deep.

A change in coach could alter those plans, but until PSG's Champions League future is known, there is no reason to plan for a future without Emery.

The source added that the January transfer window closing without PSG making a single signing is a strong possibility but added that sales of unwanted players could change that.

PSG are currently trying to offload a number of players, including Lucas Moura, Hatem Ben Arfa and Javier Pastore, in order to stay on the right side of UEFA's financial fair play regulations.

However, despite PSG prioritising sales in the January transfer window, the source said that their need for reinforcement in deep-lying midfield has dictated that they have had to consider this in their summer business.

Free agent Lassana Diarra was initially lined up to boost coach Unai Emery's options in this area and provide depth.

According to the source, though, PSG are reluctant to complete the move for the 32-year-old for a number of reasons. While sporting director Antero Henrique would prefer a deal until the end of the season, Diarra is not interested in anything less than an 18-month contract, and the midfielder's history of knee issues have also prompted concern.

Because of this and despite Emery's desire to have another natural but also creative defensive midfielder added to his squad, the source said that Henrique prefers to think long-term -- for the moment.


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