For as long as we can remember this transfer window, Inter have been linked with a move for N’Golo Kanté, but there was always a caveat: they need to sell players before being able to afford him.
The Frenchman’s price has been consistent throughout, with Chelsea reportedly wanting €50m for the World Cup winner, and the Serie A side have been aware of it since the start.
Kanté is seen as a dream addition for Antonio Conte, who already worked with him at Stamford Bridge, and multiple reports have suggested Frank Lampard would be prepared to let him go.
Gazzetta dello Sport look at the situation as we head into the end game of the window, and explain Kanté ‘has shown himself available’ for a move to Inter should it materialise.
With talk of Milan Škriniar potentially heading to Tottenham, some of the money would come from there, but another sale would be needed to cover all expenses.
The ideal would be offloading one of the more expensive stars, such as Marcelo Brozović or Christian Eriksen, but the likelier scenario is for two smaller sales, namely Matías Vecino and Radja Nainggolan.
We’ll have to wait and see for this one, as we’ve done all summer and beginning of autumn, but if Inter can get two or three exits under their belt, they could end up testing Chelsea’s resolve in early October.