Arsene Wenger has hinted that he could make a move for Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante if given the opportunity after he heaped praise on the midfielder yet again. The France international had a brilliant debut season in the Premier League as he was one of the key players in Claudio Ranieri's side which claimed the title, while the midfielder was among the nominees for the PFA player of the year won by teammate Riyad Mahrez.
The Arsenal manager started his transfer activity early this season and the club have already confirmed the arrival of midfielder Granit Xhaka to add to the wealth of midfield talent already present at the club. Wenger is looking to fill the void left by the departures of midfield trio Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, but to bring in another midfielder with the quality of Kante, who is a defensive midfielder, could put the future of Francis Coquelin in doubt.
The French manager has labeled Kante a "rare talent" owing to his ability to feel the game and be in the right place at the right time. He was a shield for the back four during the recently concluded season, and his performances have attracted interest from clubs across Europe including Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. The former Caen midfielder has acknowledged interest from the traditional giants of the Premier League, but is currently focusing on the Euros, which is getting underway in his homeland on Friday (10 June).
"I admire and like N'Golo Kanté a lot. It gives you ideas. He gives you the feeling that the higher the level he plays at, the more at ease he is," Wenger said, as quoted by the Mirror.
"We are talking about numbers. He has the most interceptions in Europe and by far. He has incredible quality. He feels the game, only very few people can do that. He's always where he needs to be."
"It is very rare to have that in the central midfielder. Not always orthodox, but always in the right place," the French coach added.