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Leicester midfielder Kante [L] has been one of the most impressive midfielders in the EPL this season. Pictured: Manchester United's Ander Herrera and Leicester City's N'Golo Kante during their Premier League game.Reuters

The heavyweights of Europe are battling among each other for Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante's signature this summer. The Frenchman was one of the superstars of the Leicester City side that created history by winning the Premier League this season.

According to Metro, which quoted a story from French media outlet Le Parisien, the Leicester City central midfielder has claimed to have a release clause of €25 million, and the figure is believed to have been enough for the likes of PSG, Manchester United and Arsenal to make an official bid for the player once the summer transfer window of 2016 officially commences on July 1.

Kante was a purely impressive figure for the Foxes this season, clocking 35 appearances so far in the EPL, following his £5.6 million transfer from French side Caen to Leicester last August.

The 25-year-old, whose contract at the King Power Stadium runs until the summer of 2019, also bagged his senior team debut for France in March this year.

The Leicester City owners may have said they are keen on holding on to the star players at any cost for the next season, but it remains to be seen whether the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez or Kante actually reject lucrative offers from European heavyweigthts. 

"We are not selling anyone," the club's vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha was quoted as saying by the Guardian. "We are not a team who produces players to be developed later by other teams. All the players want to stay and keep on fighting together to see how far they can go. So selling players is not on our agenda."

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, meanwhile, had said if a player is unhappy at Leicester City, he is free to move on. "I don't want to sell anybody but of course if some players don't want to stay with us because they are unhappy to continue with us, then I don't want unhappy people," the Italian coach told Sky Sports.

 

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