Serie A giants made approach for Chelsea midfield destroyer this summer

Reports coming out of Italy and France have explained that Inter Milan are keen on N’Golo Kante and their sporting director Piero Ausilio and CEO Giuseppe Marotta could ‘facilitate’ negotiations with Chelsea for his signing.

Antonio Conte remains a huge admirer of the midfielder and it was suggested the Serie A giants failed in their attempts to take the 29-year-old star to San Siro in the summer transfer market.

Luis Suarez Miramontes, who played for the Italian side in the 60s, and managed I Nerazzurri on two different occasions in the past, has given an interview to a Spanish outlet AS.

The former Inter boss has revealed the attempt made by Antonio’s side’s for the France international in the last market was turned down by the Blues.

“…they [Inter] lack a player of a certain hierarchy in the centre of the field who leads the game,” Luis said.

“A good one who really commands… They wanted to sign Kanté, the Frenchman, who is a ‘run-see-and-tell’. Do you get me? He won a World Cup, by doing ‘run-see-and-tell’.”

“They [Inter] have not signed him because Chelsea did not want to [sell him]. Here they wanted to pay in millions.”

Meantime, Chelsea were allegedly only prepared to loan out Antonio Rudiger if they received £12.5 million for the 2020-21 season.

The centre-half was heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer market after falling down the pecking order in recent months.

AC Milan, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain were all credited with an interest in the German star.

However, according to The Athletic, each club had no intention of meeting the Blues’ demands for the 27-year-old.

As well as Antonio’s £7.5m-per-year wages being paid in full, the report states that Chelsea also wanted to receive a £5 million fee.