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PSG make Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante top target? Transfer news and gossip from Thursday's papers


Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly made N’Golo Kante their top transfer target this summer.

The Chelsea midfielder has impressed with France at the World Cup and has been identified as the man to take PSG to the next level.

L’Equipe reports sporting director Antero Henrique is a big admirer of Kante and wants to snap him up this summer.

Any deal for Kante is likely to cost around £90m with Chelsea reluctant to lose one of their prized assets.

Kante, who was one of Chelsea’s standout performers last season, has won two Premier League titles during his time in England.

The French side are also said to be looking at Austrian left back David Alaba.


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Best stories from Thursday’s Daily Mirror

TRANSFERS

Champions League final calamity keeper Loris Karius is to remain Liverpool No.1 after they were priced out of deals for Roma’s Alisson and Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid.

Free-agent former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has held talks with Manuel Pellegrini to discuss a move to West Ham. Turkish club Fenerbahce have already made the England international a huge offer, while Everton and promoted Wolves are also interested and have made bids of their own.

Juventus chief Giuseppe Marotta has refused to rule out a sensational move for Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Reportedly, the Portuguese forward has been the subject of an £88million bid which is currently being considered by Real and Ronaldo.


Craig Dawson has made a transfer request at relegated West Brom. Premier League duo Burnley and West Ham have both made offers for the 28-year-old defender.

Everton have opened talks over a possible deal for the Barcelona and Colombia centre-back Yerry Mina, who has scored three goals in the current World Cup — including in Tuesday’s loss to England (via Liverpool Echo).

Liverpool are hoping to quickly complete a deal to bring Ajax wonderkid Ki-Jana Hoever, a 16-year-old right-back, to Anfield (via Liverpool Echo).

Chelsea want to loan out Kasey Palmer again, but Blues legend and new Derby boss Frank Lampard hasn’t yet decided whether to ask the midfielder back. Palmer spent the second half of last season wth the Rams, making 16 appearances but only two starts under then-manager Gary Rowett. The delay could open the door for other interested teams, including Derby’s Championship rivals Norwich.


OTHER NEWS

Chelsea are poised to finally replace manager Antonio Conte with Maurizio Sarri this weekend. The Blues’ non-World Cup players are about to report for pre-season training, and club chiefs wants Sarri in place when they arrive.

Liverpool and neighbours Tranmere have moved next week’s friendly forward 24 hours so it does not clash with the World Cup semi-final England will play in if they beat Sweden in the last eight on Saturday. However, the Reds and Chester are stuck with kicking off their friendly at the exact same time as the Three Lions face the Swedes.

Other gossip

Stoke ready to offer England World Cup hero Jack Butland £20,000-a-week pay rise to keep him away from Chelsea (Sun)

Chelsea make first contact with Real Madrid as they target Mateo Kovacic (Di Marzio)

Eric Bailly called for crisis talks with Jose Mourinho over Manchester United future (Sun)



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