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Chelsea could receive transfer windfall as PSG urged to break the bank for N’Golo Kante

Chelsea are believed to be eager to sign West Ham star Declan Rice this January, and could have the perfect way of raising the funds to do so. Former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Eric Rabesandratana believes the French champions should “break the bank” for N’Golo Kante.

Kante was tentatively linked with a move away during the previous summer window.

With the Blues looking to fund a £250million spending spree, it was expected that players would depart.

Numerous players were linked with the exit door in order to balance the books, but no senior first-team players departed.

Inter Milan were said to be interested in signing Kante, as reports claimed Antonio Conte had made the Frenchman one of his top targets.

But they opted against it, leaving him still at Stamford Bridge going into the new season.

The 2018 World Cup-winner is still touted as one of the players who could depart in order to free up funds for Rice, and now PSG have been told to make a bid.

The oil-rich French champions came within touching distance of completing their ultimate goal last season as they lost to Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

And Rabesandratana believes Kante could be the man to take them across the line in Europe’s premier competition.

Speaking after Kante’s goal earned France a 1-0 win over Portugal on Saturday, the former PSG star explained that the 29-year-old is the perfect fix for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

He said: “I would like to say that if I were a leader at PSG I would break the bank to sign N’Golo Kante.

“He was still huge yesterday.

“Kante is the player who would allow PSG to win the Champions League.

“We do not need [Lionel] Messi or anyone else.”

PSG were relatively quiet in the previous summer transfer window, with their only big-money signing coming in the form of Mauro Icardi.

The Argentine had been on loan at the Parc des Princes with an option in the deal for PSG to sign him for £54m.

Other than that, PSG only spent a minimal amount to improve the squad, with Sergio Rico signing for £5m and Danilio Pereira coming in on loan for an initial £3m.

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