Chelsea may replace N’golo Kante with a world-class player if a new offer is made in January3 min read
In January, Chelsea may replace N’Golo Kante with Mexico World Cup star Edson Alvarez. And after rising to prominence with Ajax, the midfielder is reportedly expecting an offer from the west London giants.
Kante has battled a slew of injuries in recent seasons and looks set to leave the Blues next summer. The 31-year-old Frenchman’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season, and a move to Barcelona has been heavily linked.
Chelsea will be looking to bolster their midfield ahead of Kante’s departure, and Alvarez, who played twice for his country at the World Cup before exiting at the bottom of their group, could be a good fit.
The Blues reportedly paid £43 million for the 25-year-old earlier this year at the end of the summer transfer window. According to transfer expert Simon Phillips, Alvarez expects Chelsea to re-enter the race for him in the new year.
Ajax refused to let Alvarez leave in the summer because they would not have been able to replace him so close to the transfer deadline. And the striker was disappointed to have missed out on a move to Stamford Bridge, where he was keen to play. But he might finally be ready to make his move.
Alvarez joined Ajax from CF America in his home country in 2019 and has since made 122 appearances for the club.
Alvarez joined Ajax from CF America in his home country in 2019 and has since played 122 times for the Dutch club. This season, he started all six of Ajax’s Champions League group games and scored in a 4-0 win over Rangers in September. However, he was unable to assist the Eredivisie champions in reaching the knockout stages of the competition.
However, the talented ace, who was one of Mexico’s best players in Qatar, still has two and a half years left on his current contract. Chelsea will have to spend a lot of money to get their man.
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The club’s pursuit of Alvarez could indicate that they have given up on keeping Kante beyond his current contract. The dynamic midfielder, who won the Premier League with the Blues in 2017 after helping Leicester win the trophy against all odds the year before, has played 262 times for the club but has only started two Premier League games this season due to hamstring injury.
In addition, according to SPORT, Barcelona has held talks with the player’s representatives about a move to the Nou Camp, and a pre-contract agreement is almost complete.