Could Marseille’s current transfer activity see Leicester secure deal for key target?

Leicester City and Marseille have been tracking Caen midfielder N’golo Kante.

After selling off a host of first-team stars, Marseille are currently on a mission to paper over the cracks with a number of replacement signings this summer.

One key area of the team which needs strengthening is in the centre of midfield, following the highly-rated Giannelli Imbula’s switch to Portuguese giants Porto earlier this month.

As confirmed by the club’s official site, a deal for former holding midfielder Lassana Diarra has been agreed whereas Abu Diaby, recently released by Arsenal, is tipped to follow, as per Maxifoot.

Leicester City and Marseille’s N’golo Kante battle?

With Esteban Cambiasso leaving the club, newly-appointed Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri’s primary aim is to replace the Argentine accordingly via a vitally important midfield signing.

The Foxes have been heavily linked with a move for Caen’s N’golo Kante, the British tabloid The Sun previously accrediting the Midlands outfit with tabling an £8 million bid.

Developments soon followed, with Caen’s Deputy Director Xavier Gravelaine confirming an agreement with Leicester via the club’s official Twitter account.

However, Kante’s expected move to the King Power stadium was held up due to Marseille’s reported interest, ensuing reports from France Football claiming the player’s desire to move to La Provence.

How Marseille’s current transfer activity could help Leicester secure a deal:

In spite of the reports of Kante preferring a switch to Marseille, a deal has yet to materialise and the Ligue 1 giants have seemingly turned to other options – Diarra and Diaby.

Marseille have money problems, hence the so-called summer fire-sale, and their recent transfer activity - including a loan for Javier Manquillo - suggests they could have been priced out of a move for Kante.

Evidence points to the fact that Leicester may now have a clear run at securing a deal for the Caen star, and it’s a deal the Foxes need to make as they look extremely light in the centre of midfield.

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