According to Footmercato, the France international has been offered to the Gunners, as well as Tottenham.
Kante’s contract expires at the end of the season, and the report suggests he could leave on a free transfer.
Apparently, Chelsea are not prioritising extending Kante’s contract at this moment in time.
The 2018 World Cup winner apparently wants to stay in London.
Arsenal – as well as Spurs – ‘are the London clubs with the most ambition on the national and European scene’.
In addition, Kante is apparently unwilling to join Paris Saint-Germain.
‘A modern holding midfielder’
Ever since helping Leicester to the Premier League title, Kante has rightly earned a reputation as one of the best midfielders in the world.
He then starred at Chelsea, winning a host of trophies at Stamford Bridge, as well as helping France win the 2018 World Cup.
Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira – now at the helm of Crystal Palace – lauded Kante just a month ago.
Sky Sports interviewed the Highbury icon, and asked him which current footballer reminds him the most of Vieira the player.
“I like Kante,” he replied. “I think Kante is a modern holding midfielder that can really go forward.
“He’s this kind of box-to-box player. He can be really dangerous going forward, but he’s working hard for the team as well.
What Arsenal need?
Over the past few years, Kante has been one of the best midfielders in the world, there’s no doubt about that.
The idea of Kante joining Arsenal would’ve been welcomed almost universally a couple of years ago.
However, the player turns 32 next year and has had some injury issues this season.
In addition, Kane is also on a reported £290,000-a-week, so he’d presumably be looking for something similar.
So the question is, do Arsenal really need him, considering his salary, injury issues, and age?
The Gunners haven’t had a great time in the recent past with ageing, marquee name players from top clubs who have failed to deliver.
They may be wary of risking any more such moves.