N’Golo Kante had Covid-19 ‘symptoms’ & claims Chelsea will make one big signing in the next window

N’Golo Kante had Covid-19 ‘symptoms’

As Chelsea continue to gear up for the return of the Premier League, N’Golo Kante isn’t.

Kante appeared on the first day of Chelsea’s training, however the French World Cup winner hasn’t been seen since.

It’s since been widely reported that Kante is worried about how safe it is to return to work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition, Kante has other concerns after his elder brother, Niamh, died of a heart attack shortly before the 2018 World Cup and he lost his father when he was 11 years old.

This week, while speaking to TNT Sports, Chelsea goalie Willy Caballero also said that Kante felt he had Covid-19 “symptoms” during the UK’s lockdown:

(Kante) tested negative for Covid-19 but he had a bad time of it during quarantine with symptoms of the virus that gave him that fear.


LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 17: N’Golo Kante of Chelsea leaves the pitch following an injury during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on February 17, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

“This is a huge story…”

On the ‘Straight Outta Cobham’ podcast on the Athletic, questions have been asked about Chelsea’s long-term gameplan in how to handle Kante’s situation.

Reporter Liam Twomey noted:

This is a huge story… Chelsea want to be really understanding of players’ concerns. But, at the same time, having your highest-paid player in the squad being played for not playing, or not even training, for the foreseeable future, is not really a particularly tenable situation.

Will Kante return at any point in the remainder of the 2019-20 season? That’s now looking unlikely.


LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 03: Frank Lampard of Chelsea after Willian scores a goal to make it 1-0 during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on March 03, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

Claims Chelsea will make one big signing in the next window

Sticking to updates from the ‘Straight Outta Cobham’ podcast, reporter Simon Johnson discussed how Chelsea may operate in the next transfer window.

In recent days, it’s been confirmed that Olivier Giroud and Willy Caballero have agreed contract extensions with the Blues.

Simon Johnson said that Chelsea are trying to sell Michy Batshuayi. While, on recruiting a new striker, the Athletic reporter noted:

Yes, they’re on the hunt for another forward. But it’s a lot more difficult. I think Chelsea have enough in their budget.

I was talking to someone the other day, who said that in all likelihood they’ll be one big signing, and then whatever comes up, swap deals etc…

The striker which Frank wants is someone who can hold up the ball and play around him. Which is very much a Giroud type striker.

 

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

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