INCOMING Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has been linked with a sensational swoop for N'Golo Kante this summer in a bid to bolster his midfield options next season.
The Chelsea midfielder is a two time Premier League winner, but injuries have led to the Blues becoming less reliant on him this season.
And the disruption higher up at Stamford Bridge has convinced a number of clubs that some of the Blues' prized assets are up for grabs this summer.
According to The Mirror, this has led to chiefs at Manchester United, including Ten Hag, believing a swoop for Kante is a realistic proposition.
The news comes after SunSport exclusively revealed that the Blues were fearing Kante would be one of a number of players on their way out of the club.
Chelsea are already having to say goodbye to centre-back Antonio Rudiger, after the club were restricted from doing business back in March following sanctions placed on former owner Roman Abramovich.
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Despite being taken over by a consortium led by American Todd Boehly, the bad news may not be over in West London.
Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Romelu Lukaku and Marcos Alonso have all been linked with moves away from the club this summer, with Thomas Tuchel expected to be busy in the transfer market under Boehly's backing.
It has been rumoured the departure of Rudiger has left some inside the changing room "gutted".
Some stars have also found it difficult to accept the excuses regarding the club's sanctions, believing the deal should have been complete for the German well before the war in Ukraine broke out.
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With links to Declan Rice not going away, and the return of Conor Gallagher on loan in the summer, the midfield could look very different for Tuchel's side in the near future.
These new stars could further lead the way to a Kante exit, with United widely reported to be on the hunt for a marquee central midfielder.
Frankie De Jong is reportedly on Ten Hag's radar, however SunSport exclusively revealed the Dutch international is willing to give up owed wages to join arch-rivals Manchester City.
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