N’Golo Kante is on the verge of signing a new £290,000-a-week contract as Chelsea dig deep to keep him out of the clutches of Paris Saint-Germain.
Chelsea have been desperate to keep the 27-year-old midfielder at Stamford Bridge with PSG prepared to break the bank to take him back to France.
The Blues are growing increasingly confident they have done enough to get the midfielder to commit his future to them by making him the best paid player in the club’s history.
The World Cup winner’s current £120,000-a-week deal still has three years left to run but his impact at Chelsea since signing from Leicester has been so big he has caught the eye of PSG.
Despite investing millions on superstar players the French champions have been exposed as being weak in midfield – and they believe Kante could be the man to help deliver their dream of Champions League glory.
That has forced Chelsea to move quickly to offer terms to rival the riches PSG have to offer, and it now looks as though their move has been successful.
The new contract is set to run until at least the end of the 2021-22 season, ensuring one of the world’s best midfielders commits the rest of the prime years of his career to Stamford Bridge.
In doing so, it will also see the British public coffers benefit thanks to humble Kante’s refusal to get involved in tax schemes outside of the UK’s regulations.
By being paid through a British company rather than off-shore, Kante’s new deal will see him potential cough up £6.77m annually in taxes.
A further £305,000 would also be paid in National Insurance contributions – confirming his reputation as one of the nicest players in football.
Chelsea will hope their success in keeping Kante in West London will have a positive impact on key player Eden Hazard’s own contract talks.
Hazard is approaching the final 18 months of his own £200,000-a-week deal and is stalling over putting pen to paper with Real Madrid showing major interest.
The Belgium star is understood to want assurances Chelsea are committed to competing with their rivals in the Premier League and in Europe.
So keeping a player of Kante’s standing will be a huge sign the London club are still serious about keeping their place at the top table.