Paris Saint-Germain are still going all out to land N’Golo Kante, despite Chelsea’s attempts to ward of interest by offering the midfielder a new deal.
The Premier League club are prepared to make the World Cup winner their highest earner by handing him terms of £290,000 a week.
The deal would see Kante earn up to £15million over five seasons, however, the Ligue 1 champions have the financial clout to better that package.
And according to UK’s The Mirror, the 27-year-old has been made the top transfer target at the Parc des Princes by new boss Thomas Tuchel, who took over from Unai Emery this summer, with the club unwilling to move targets just yet.
The German has seen just one new recruit through the door so far this window, with Gianluigi Buffon joining on a free having left Juventus.
The club’s desire to add the France international has not been kept under wraps, however Tuchel refused to comment on the player when asked about him at a recent press conference.
“It is not fair and I do not like it if other coaches talk about situations of players who are playing for other clubs,” Tuchel said.
“So there is no comment on Kante, of course, not for the transfer window.”
Kante has yet to join new boss Maurizio Sarri and the Chelsea squad for pre-season after lifting the World Cup in Russia.
Chelsea take on Arsenal in the International Champions Cup series in Dublin on Wednesday evening.