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N'Golo Kante prepares for Leicester departure to join Conte's Chelsea

With the summer transfer window nearly upon us, rumours are picking up steam. As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest gossip. See the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Kante sets his sights on Chelsea

After a summer of speculation surrounding his future, it seems Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante has made up his mind -- and he won't be staying. The Telegraph reports that Kante wants to go to Chelsea.

It says the France international will turn down a new contract with Premier League champions Leicester and move to Stamford Bridge after the Blues tried and failed to bring in Roma's Radja Nainggolan.

And that will disappoint Juventus, Manchester United and Arsenal, all of whom have also been linked with one of the Foxes' most outstanding players.

The Telegraph adds that Kante likes the idea of working with Antonio Conte, the incoming Chelsea manager.

Kante has a release clause of £20 million, but the Telegraph says that "Leicester are only required to accept the highest bid over that figure."

That means Juventus or the Gunners could yet thwart Chelsea, with the Serie A champions "likely to provide the strongest competition" for Kante's signature.

Defensive-minded midfielder like France's N'Golo Kante will feature at the 2018 World Cup.
N'Golo Kante reportedly is set to leave Premier League champions Leicester City for Antonio Conte's Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Conte has told Cesar Azpilicueta, linked with Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao, that he wants him to stay at Stamford Bridge, according to the Mirror.

Its report says Conte has also told Azpilicueta's countryman Pedro that he is part of Chelsea's plans.

Toffees ready to spend big on Witsel?

Everton are ready to break their transfer record by signing Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel in a deal worth more than £30m, the Express claims.

Belgium international Witsel -- who has also been linked with Napoli, Chelsea, Liverpool and Stoke City -- has said he wants to leave Russian club Zenit.

The Express, citing a Squawka report, says "it now appears Everton are firm favourites to land him."

Benteke summoned to Palace

Crystal Palace have made a £25m bid for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, set to leave Anfield only a year after the fanfare of his big-money arrival from Aston Villa.

The Telegraph reports that Palace are the first club to make a definite bid for Benteke. Although the Eagles' offer is short of the £30m Liverpool want, negotiations will continue and the Belgium international could begin the new season in South London.

Benteke cost £32.5m when former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers signed him from Villa, but he has struggled for first-team action under Jurgen Klopp.

Berahino and Nani on Stoke shopping list

It's official, says the Mirror: Stoke have submitted a £16m offer for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino.

The paper reports that although West Brom have yet to respond, England international Berahino will hold talks and is "keen" to complete the move.

After the Euros, Nani could well leave Turkish side Fenerbahce for Stoke City.

The 22-year-old, linked with Tottenham last summer and also reported to have been a Newcastle target, will be offered a five-year contract.

And the Mirror explains that West Brom will "clarify their position when discussions are held between the player and club chiefs."

Meanwhile, it seems there will be a bit of a scramble for Portugal and Fenerbahce winger Nani once Euro 2016 is done, and Stoke will be in on that action.

After the Stoke Sentinel reported that manager Mark Hughes was confident he could persuade Nani to return to the Premier League, the Sun writes that a deal can be done.

But it warns that Stoke will have to move speedily if they want to sign the ex-Manchester United player -- because Jose Mourinho could seek to bring him back to Old Trafford.

Valencia are also interested and are reported to have activated the £7m release clause in Nani's contract -- but that is no guarantee that they will sign him.

Keane keen on Foxes talks

Burnley defender Michael Keane is set to turn down a new contract amid ongoing interest from Leicester, says the Mirror.

The Clarets, back in the Premier League, are offering the centre-back a deal that would make him their best-paid player, but the report says the 23-year-old is keen to speak to the Foxes because he wants the chance to play Champions League football.

Leicester have already had a £12m offer for the England under-21 international, who came to Burnley from Manchester United, turned down.

Leicester City look to test Burnley's resolve over centre-back Michael Keane this transfer window.

Meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday have told Burnley they will have to break their transfer record to sign defender Tom Lees.

Burnley want Lees whether or not they keep Keane, but Wednesday say the 25-year-old won't be going anywhere for less than £10m.

If Burnley pay that, they will break their £9m record, set when they signed striker Andre Gray from Brentford last summer.

Randolph isn't for keeps at Hammers

West Ham will allow Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph to move on during the window, the Sun reports.

It says Randolph, 29, is keen to play more regular first-team football and could soon be doing just that, having "caught the eye of a number of Premier League and Championship clubs after a string of impressive performances in France."

Hammers manager Slaven Bilic will sanction a move for around £3m.


- Fulham have warned Sheffield Wednesday that they will have to dig deep to sign striker Ross McCormack.

The Owls are keen to bring the Scotland international to Hillsborough, and have already offered £11.5m for him.

But the Mirror says Fulham won't accept anything less than £15m for a player they signed from Leeds for £10.75m.

- Sevilla are in talks with Atletico Madrid over Argentina international Matias Kranevitter, according to Estadio Deportivo.

The 23-year-old midfielder could join on a year-long loan, but Fiorentina and Valencia are also interested and may yet beat Sevilla to a signing.


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