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The Mirror via the Daily Star has revealed why Arsenal failed to sign Chelsea star N’Golo Kante from Leicester City last summer.
Two weeks ago, Arsene Wenger revealed he tried to sign Kante last summer but lost out to Chelsea and inferred the player chose to join the Stamford Bridge outfit because of money.
The Mirror has now affirmed Wenger’s claims that finance was actually the reason Arsenal failed to sign the defensive midfielder.
It has emerged that Kante demanded for a salary package worth around £200,000 a week plus a big commission fee if he were to complete a move to Arsenal but Wenger was put off by those demands.
Chelsea were willing to pay that much for Kante and that allowed them complete the move ahead of Arsenal.
Kante would have become Arsenal’s highest paid player had Wenger met his demands, dwarfing Mesut Ozil who is currently on £140,000 a week.
This news won’t go down well with some Gooners who have already lost faith in Wenger’s handling of the team.
Our season is close to going up in flames after falling out of the Premier League title race in recent weeks and losing to Bayern Munich 5-1 on Wednesday.
Wenger has been cautious on spending big to sign players, insisting you don’t need to spend much to win titles but his continuous failure to challenge for top titles have left fans worried.
Kante has been one of Chelsea’s best player this season, helping them top the Premier League table 10 points ahead of Arsenal and we have been left wishing where we would have been had he joined us.
Obviously the decision not to sign Kante has come back to haunt Wenger as he wouldn’t be under enormous pressure as he is now had he signed midfielder.