Frank Lampard is making a decision to sell N’Golo Kante After Kai Havertz Deal.
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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 many options of players 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 is 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?
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 logical.
The future of Jorginho, for one, is still in doubt and the prospect of losing both midfielders is highly unlikely.
Despite suffering injuries, the 29-year-old is one of the most effective players in the Premier League. His role as a midfielder tasked with protecting the Chelsea defence is unique in nature and replacing his attributes would most likely be a difficult task.
Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, and Ross Barkley have all been trusted in midfield by Lampard over the past 12 months, yet no player at his disposal offers the same protection or tenacity to reclaim possession as Kante.
Perhaps the fact that Chelsea has been relatively quiet in terms of recruiting central or defensive midfielders means that they won’t be actively looking to sell Kante.
While that probably stands as the most logical choice given the circumstances, his expertise and talent will one day need to be replaced either when he moves on or eventually retires.
That question, of course, can wait for another day and the Blues should now bank on him returning to full fitness rather than selling one of their most valuable players during a summer or mass change.