When Paris Saint-Germain close their eyes and envisage the ideal player to improve their midfield, they see N’Golo Kanté.
And when PSG open their eyes and look at Chelsea’s midfield, they see N’Golo Kanté. They see him here, they see him there, those Frenchies see him everywhere. He’s like the Scarlet Pimpernel in reverse, and that darned ubiquitous Kanté will be the subject of a mind-altering transfer bid from PSG this summer.
If he returns to the city of his birth, Kanté may find Antonio Conte there, too, as there are mutterings in France about a meeting between PSG and people close to the current Chelsea manager. But PSG’s Brazilian players are said to have let it be known that they would prefer Unai Emery’s successor to be the former Barça boss Luis Enrique.
Having sacked Mauricio Pellegrino in a bid to shock their players into action, Southampton are on the prowl for a new manager. Mark Hughes is said to be in the running, although wags might say his last 18 months at Stoke was the biggest contribution he could make to Southampton’s attempt to stay up. Marco Silva has also been mentioned but the grapevine says he’s more likely to join Benfica.
Manchester United and Liverpool are set to lock horns again, this time for the services of the Dutch defender Stefan De Vrij, whose mooted move from Lazio to Internazionale has reportedly collapsed. Meanwhile, when Emre Can leaves Liverpool this summer, it might not be to Juventus, after all, because Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are said to have joined the queue for him.
Reports in France claim that Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona this summer after leaving Atlético Madrid. Reports in England say Arsenal are considering offering a managerial role to Massimiliano Allegri after being impressed by the way Juve knocked Spurs out of the Champions League. You’d have thought Allegri might have been on the radar before then, mind. If Allegri does join, he’ll wave Héctor Bellerín off in the other direction, as Juve are said to be keen on hiring the right-back.