N'Golo Kante reportedly has no interest in leaving Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain this summer amid rumours the Frenchman is one of the their primary targets.
It's suggested PSG are hopeful of capitalising on Chelsea's precarious UEFA Champions League hopes with a move for Kante, who could miss out on Europe's top competition next season should the Blues fail to qualify.
The west Londoners are fifth in the Premier League, five points off fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, and Goal's Nizaar Kinsella put their plight into context following the recent defeat at leaders Manchester City:
Kante moved to Stamford Bridge from Leicester after winning the Premier League title with the Foxes in 2016, and he's quickly mirrored the importance he held at his previous club in west London.
PSG exited the Champions League at the hands of title defenders Real Madrid on Tuesday, and Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe noted during that second leg how more leg work was needed in their engine room:
Kante could help account for some of that missing energy at the middle of the park, and Johnson provided quotes from Chelsea team-mate Danny Drinkwater, who detailed the 26-year-old's skill set.
Drinkwater said: "He is one hell of a talent—it's hard to explain what he brings to the team because it's so much. If you look at him now, he's the midfielder everyone wants to be. It is fantastic playing next to N'Golo."
Chelsea aren't liable to consider selling such a key component as long as he remains content in west London, not to mention PSG would likely need a lot more than the £32 million investment the Blues made to sign the player from Leicester.
The Parisian outfit's project has long been to win the Champions League title, having largely dominated Ligue 1 since the Qatari takeover in 2011. Reporter Tom Williams recently touched upon their wayward recruitment:
Amid the slew of superstar signings at the Parc des Princes, Kante would stand apart from the crowd as a most unselfish asset, a modest star around whom the flashier forwards can thrive.
The prospect of returning to France's top flight appears to have no appeal with Kante, however, and even a failure to secure Champions League football for next season doesn't look like it will convince him to jump ship.