Big-spending Juventus reportedly have made Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante their No1 target to replace Miralem Pjanic.
The French star has become one of the most-sought after players in Europe over recent years after bursting on to the scene to help Leicester win the Premier League in 2016.
A move to Chelsea followed that summer with the 27-year-old going on to help the Blues to title and FA Cup glory.
Kante’s legacy was one of the planet’s best defensive midfielders was secured this month as he helped his country to World Cup glory in Russia.
Meanwhile, SunSport reported earlier how Pep Guardiola is plotting a £58million move to bring Bosnian international Pjanic to the Prem.
Now Calciomercato are claiming Juventus have already decided to try and replace the 28-year-old with Kante.
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Guardiola is desperate to land a central midfielder after the club lost out on Jorginho, who opted to join Chelsea instead.
Pjanic – who chalked up seven goals and 14 assists for the Old Lady in 44 games last season – is tied down in Turin until 2021.
But his agent is believed to be trying to engineer his exit away from the Serie A giants.
However, it remains to be seen whether the Italians, who have forked out £99m to Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo already this summer, would be able to tempt Chelsea into selling Kante to fill the potential void left by Pjanic.
Both Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain also hold a firm interest in the ex-Caen ace.
And Calciomercato claim the Blues “will not accept offers below 80 million euros” – which would amount to around £71m.
Kante is currently enjoying his holidays following his exploits in Russia.