Paul Pogba holds secret talks with Barcelona chief

Sunday, 05 Aug, 2018

Chelsea have offered N'Golo Kante a new contract worth almost £290,000 a week, according to The Times.

Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, has reacted to reports that the club was closed to signing Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba.

Barcelona are considered to be the front-runners in the race for the World Cup victor and have reportedly held discussions with him over the last week.

The Argentine is a versatile player, however, and can fit into a full-back role quite comfortably, as has been witnessed during his time with the national team.

Kante played in every France game at the World Cup and recovered the ball more often than any other member of the squad.

That would make him the best-paid player at the club, leapfrogging Eden Hazard, who's believed to earn around £220K-a-week.

Interestingly the Times state that the deal on the table would be for five years, nearly doubling Kante's existing wages and taking him clear of current top earner Eden Hazard, who is now on £220,000-a-week.

Chelsea have no intention of letting him go, though.

Ligue 1 champions PSG are reportedly interested in luring Kante to the French capital after he helped France to World Cup glory.

The Red Devils ended up in second place in the Premier League title last term and without a trophy, so Jose Mourinho is under pressure to deliver some silverware this time around.

The 23-year-old cost Barca just £11.5m a few months ago, but they now hope to net nearly four times that amount after slapping a £40m valuation on him as Mourinho gets desperate in his hunt for reinforcements in central defence.

Everton are said to be waiting in the wings if the move falls through, as they have been pursuing the 23-year-old since the World Cup.