Wenger talks up Kante's talents after Vardy snub
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accepted defeat in his move for Leicester striker Jamie Vardy - but he has hinted that he might be keen to sign his Foxes team-mate N’Golo Kante this summer.
Confirmation that Vardy has agreed a new four-year contract at Leicester arrived after weeks of speculation linking the England striker with a move to Arsenal.
Yet Wenger may now be tempted to turn his thoughts to a move for France international Kante, who has impressed the Gunners boss with his displays in Euro 2016.
“I think Leicester have made a statement and Vardy will stay. We were on the case and interested, but not more than that,” stated Wenger, in comments appearing in the Daily Mirror from an interview win beIN Sports.
“He has decided to stay at Leicester and good luck to him. He came late to the game and in fairness Leicester bought him from Fleetwood and he has been successful. He is 29 and he has chosen to stay at Leicester. You have to respect that.”
Wenger went on to discuss his interest in Kante, without confirming he will make an official bid to sign the Leicester midfielder.
“It is very difficult to talk about that at the moment,” he added. “Kante is on the list of many clubs. It is an area where we have many players.
“We will see what happens in the next two or three weeks. It looks like Leicester have bought a player from Nice (Nampalys Mendy) with similar qualities to Kante, so whether they envisage to lose him or not I don’t know.
“If you ask 100 people in the street if they want Kante to play [for France] you will get 100 saying yes. He has done the job in one or two games and I am not surprised.
“I said two months ago this boy will play the whole European Championship. We know him well from Leicester now and I am not surprised that he is starting. He has been one of the revelations of the French team.”