Despite ensuing speculation from France Football crediting Marseille with a proposed bid, Kante’s move to Leicester has seemingly been just a matter of time and now a deal appears fairly conclusive.
Ouest France state that the player has already agreed to join Claudio Ranieri’s men, and the two clubs are now working closely to agree on a transfer fee - said to be in the region of £5.7 million.
Following the departure of impressive defensive midfielder Esteban Cambiasso at the end of his contract, Leicester have had a huge void to fill this summer.
The Argentine international won the club’s Player of the Year award by quite some distance in 2014/15 courtesy of a number of excellent displays, plus his leadership skills on and off the pitch.
Cambiasso’s potential replacement is arguably Ranieri’s most important signing of the summer, therefore if Kante is the man tasked with the job, the pressure on him to succeed is immense.
The Caen man may not have the stature of a dominant midfield enforcer, but his tenacity, excellent positional sense and solid passing make him an ideal candidate for Leicester’s engine room.