Chelsea have confirmed the signing of N’Golo Kante from Leicester in a deal believed to be worth £32m.
The 25 year old rose to prominence last season at the heart of champions Leicester’s midfielder, driving the Foxes to their first league title.
He also impressed at the Euros as France finished second on home soil to Portugal.
Believed to be a target for Real Madrid, Kante was also subject to a big money bid from Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG but Chelsea pipped both to his signature, becoming new manager Antonio Conte’s second summer signing.
In a statement on Chelsea’s official website, new signing Kante said:
“I am so happy to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It’s a dream come true for me.
“The opportunity to work with Antonio Conte, a brilliant coach, and some of the best players in the world was simply too good to turn down.
“My first season in English football was very special and now I hope to go on to achieve even more during my time as a Chelsea player. I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and helping the club achieve a lot of success.”
Kante was offered a big money new deal by Leicester prior to the Euros, but flew away without signing and instead opted to leave the King Power stadium, just one season after joining from Caen for £6m.
Kante joins Chelsea on a 5 year deal, with the view to firing the West London club back up the table after a disappointing 10th place finish last term.
He joins Michy Batshuayi in joining Chelsea this summer but will likely be joined by more new faces as the transfer window rolls on.