Caen confirm Leicester close to agreeing fee for N’Golo Kante

The midfielder had been linked with a move to Marseille, but now looks set to join the Foxes.

Caen’s Deputy Directy Xavier Gravelaine issued the following statement via the club’s official Twitter account: “We will agree a deal with Leicester in the coming hours, discussions will then be with N’Golo.”

The news represents a major coup for the Foxes after they appeared to be slipping behind Marseille in the race for the powerful central midfielder.

The 24-year old was viewed as a replacement for the now-departed Gianelli Imbula at the Stade Velodrome, but it appears Leicester have now got their man with only personal terms left to iron out.

An earlier Twitter post, also from the club’s official account, gave an indication of the reason behind Leicester’s apparent success, with Gravelaine revealing that Caen felt disrespected by the terms offered by Marseille.

He said: “The current offer from Marseille is disrespectful to Caen and to N’Golo Kante.”

The agreed fee has not yet been confirmed but Leicester were reported to have offered £8 million by The Sun two weeks ago and the price is unlikely to be too far from that figure.

Leicester are facing up to the prospect of losing Esteban Cambiasso and Kante’s signing would represent a major boost to their midfield area, with his power and presence seemingly perfect for the Premier League.

His signing, at this point, would raise some interesting questions regarding who decides on transfer targets, however, considering the Foxes are currently without a manager.

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