Kante arrived at Leicester last summer as an unknown midfield player from French side Caen.
Many Premier League observers had never heard of the player let alone seen him play, but it soon became clear that the Fioxes had picked up a potential bargain of the season signing.
The newly-capped France international has enjoyed a spectacular campaign, forming a strong midfielder partnership alongside Danny Drinkwater and playing a key part in the club’s title success.
Twelve months after arriving at the King Power Stadium, the holding midfielder is now regarded as one of the best players in England and his reported £20 million release clause has alerted a number of top clubs.
Arsenal are said to be pushing hard to sign him, but a fresh report from French publication L’Equpe, which has been picked up by The Sun, states how City have entered into advanced talks over a switch to the Etihad Stadium.
The Citizens are preparing for Pep Guardiola’s arrival as manager this season by drawing up plans to heavily improve their under-performing squad, starting with the central of midfield.
Toure may leave the club this summer, and Kante has reportedly been lined up as his ideal replacement.