According to The Sun, the Blues have made a £20 million bid for the Franco-Malian star, who is set to represent France at the European Championships this summer.
As confirmed by Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri on social media on Friday, the club have already held discussions with the former Stade Malherbe de Caen midfielder and while several meetings have been held, the 25-year-old is understood to be unwilling to make a decision on his future until after Euro 2016.
Chelsea are in advanced talks with N’Golo Kanté. After several meetings, the player has decided to postpone his decision after Euro2016
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) June 3, 2016
With neither Nemanja Matic nor Cesc Fabregas having impressed this term, and with Ramires having departed, the Blues appear keen to invest in their central midfield this summer.
However, the tabloid note that a move for Kante may have come about after the club’s hopes of signing Roma’s tenacious box-to-box operator Radja Nainggolan have been dented by stalling talks.
Arguably, Kante is a better option than Nainggolan.
The Leicester man is younger, has a better disciplinary record and already has EPL experienced, having proved himself with the Foxes during their miraculous title-winning campaign.