Chelsea have agreed a first refusal deal with Real Madrid over the future of N’Golo Kante, according to SportWitness.
Well, that’s what they claim anyway. They cite Spanish site Defensa Central, whose website says they are celebrating a tenth anniversary, but don’t seem particularly reliable.
The idea is, according to the story, that if Chelsea decide to sell Kante in the summer of 2020, they will alert Real Madrid, who will have the option to match any bid from elsewhere.
There is talk of a “verbal agreement” between the clubs that Chelsea will inform the Spanish champions of any transfer movements regarding the midfielder.
The question is – who benefits from this? Chelsea, if they do decide to sell Kante, will presumably want to alert EVERY club in Europe that’s he’s up for sale, in an attempt to maximise the price they get for him. Why limit it to Real Madrid?
We will see what happens next summer. But for now, this seems like utter nonsense.