December 1, 2022

CHELSEA star N’Golo Kante could be on his way to Arsenal next season.

The Frenchman’s Stamford Bridge contract is set to expire at the end of the season, with negotiations over an extension having reached an impasse.

Kante’s desire for a four-year deal could see his seven-year stay in West London come to and end, but the 31-year-old doesn’t want to leave the capital.

In order for their client to stay in the city, his agents are reportedly offering him to Arsenal and Tottenham.

By that point, Mikel Arteta and Co would hope to have sealed a place in the Champions League, given their excellent start to this season.

Should that be the case, the Gunners will look to make additions from a position of strength in order to really compete on Europe’s biggest stage.

Kante would add invaluable experience and quality to Arsenal’s young squad and could be part of a new look midfield.

The Gunners have also been heavily linked with Juventus star Manuel Locatelli, who they tried to sign last year prior to his Turin switch.

A partnership between Kante and Locatelli could make a formidable proposition for any opposing sides.

Arsenal have also been linked with Leicester duo Youri Tielemans and James Maddison – although it would be difficult to justify dropping Martin Odegaard for either.

The Gunners’ attack will be difficult for anyone to break into – with Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka proving to be an incredibly potent trio.

But on current form Leandro Trossard could do just that.

The Brighton ace has five goals in seven Prem outings so far this term – including a sensational hat-trick against Liverpool last week.

Arsenal are also believed to be keen on Ukrainian wonderkid Mykhaylo Mudryk, after the 21-year-old’s amazing start to the season with Shakhtar Donetsk.

Arteta is likely to keep his current defence largely intact, with the Spaniard possessing healthy competition.

William Saliba’s re-introduction has pushed Ben White to right-back – therefore seeing the unlucky Takehiro Tomyasu dropped.

While equally unfortunate Kieran Tierney has lost his Premier League place to Oleksandr Zinchenko, although the Scot will back himself to earn it back should he stay fit.

Gabriel Magalhaes is a regular as left centre-back, while Rob Holding provides decent cover.

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