Leicester City’s midfield star N’Golo Kante has expressed doubts as to whether his long-term future remains with the club amid links to Arsenal.
The Foxes man made his first international start for France in their 4-2 win over Russia on Tuesday, netting the opening goal in the game. When asked about a potential transfer afterwards, the 25-year-old was non-committal, per Sky Sports News HQ.
“I will fight for Leicester this season and next season we never know and we will see,” said Kante. "At this moment I am focused on Leicester. We have to finish well this season, but I don't mind about [being linked with] the other clubs.”
As noted in the article, the Gunners have been touted as potential suitors for the Leicester man, as well as Chelsea and Juventus.
After moving to the Premier League from Caen last summer, Kante has been a revelation. His ability to get around the pitch, appetite for the tackle and willingness to carry the ball forward has had a real impact on Leicester.
These figures from Squawka Football sum up just how important he has been to Leicester’s defensive solidity, a key trait in their surge to the top of the Premier League:
Happy 25th birthday to N'Golo Kanté.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 29, 2016
He's won more tackles (96) than any other Premier League player this season. pic.twitter.com/C564GcV0Ta
For Arsenal, a player like Kante would be perfect. They have sitting midfielders at the club already in Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny, but the France international is very much box-to-box in his playing style.
If the Gunners could convince Leicester to cash in at the end of this remarkable campaign, it’d be a substantial boost for manager Arsene Wenger.
Andriy Yarmolenko Backed for Premier League Move
Ukraine manager Mykhaylo Fomenko has backed reported Arsenal target Andriy Yarmolenko to thrive in the Premier League should he be transferred this summer.
The Dynamo Kiev winger has been linked with the Gunners and Everton in the last two transfer windows, but he has remained with his boyhood club. However, Fomenko has encouraged the 26-year-old to jump at the chance of a move to England should an opportunity arise.
“If he is wanted by the top English clubs then, yes, he can show his best in the Premier League and he must do this,” he said, per James Nursey of the Daily Mirror. “He is the leader of our team and leader of our squad.”
Yarmolenko certainly has the talent to be a big hit in English football. Here are some of his best moments in a Kiev shirt lately:
Still, Barry Cass of Toffee TV feels as though he’d have to up his levels to be a success in the Premier League:
Watched Yarmolenko twice now v City . some good touches but would need to do a hell of a lot more if he was to be a success in England.— Baz (@THT1878) March 15, 2016
Arsenal do have options on the right flank in the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and even Aaron Ramsey, but Yarmolenko is a natural fit for the role.
Tall, agile and possessing a rasping left foot, the Ukraine international would definitely bring something new to the Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal lacking a direct edge from the right flank at times this term.
After a long time in Kiev, this summer seems the ideal time for Yarmolenko to test himself in a higher standard of league.