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Arsenal have lost out in the race to sign France international N’Golo Kante.
The French midfielder who was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates completed a move to London rivals Chelsea on Saturday, via the Guardian.
It was claimed Wenger is a fan of the midfielder and was looking to bring him to the Emirates but the player chose to work with new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.
It is believed the midfielder cost Chelsea as much as £30m despite reportedly having a release clause of £20m. He reportedly snubbed interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Real Madrid to join Chelsea.
This will come as a sad news for Gooners who had been hoping to see the 25 year old French international sign for the club. It would also be a big blow to Wenger who has piled praises on the midfielder on several occasions with the hope of luring him to the Emirates.
In June Wenger said:
“I admire and like N’Golo Kante a lot – it gives you ideas.”
“He gives you the feeling that the higher the level he plays at, the more at ease he is. We are talking about numbers. He has the most interceptions in Europe and by far.
“He has incredible quality. He feels the game, only very few people can do that. He’s always where he needs to be. It is very rare to have that in the central midfielder. Not always orthodox, but always in the right place.”