Date: 29th June 2016 at 3:12pm
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With plenty of N’Golo Kante to Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea, Manchester United and whoever else has been linked to him the last month or so, the latest twist in the Real Madrid saga is that Spanish press are now suggesting that their head coach, Zinedine Zidane, has told the club to make Kante one of their top priorities this summer.

With Kante supposedly tracked by them since January following his transition to life in the Premier League, Zidane now apparently wants him full stop as competition for Casemiro in their defensive midfield ranks.

Marca and AS say that Zidane has instructed club bosses to pay the reported £20.6million release fee in his deal to get talks underway quickly with the new season nearing.

With Kante’s fee only rising in reality owing to his European Championship involvement with France this summer, having paid a reported £5.6million for him from Caen this time last year, a fee in the region of £20million as a release would certainly temper any anger at his quick departure.

As ever, there are no quotes with these pieces that I can find, especially from the English coverage of them and it’s more like a rehash just updated by having more of a Zidane led feel to it.

In other transfer news today, the Hinckley Times are one to cover ongoing supposed interest in Norwich City’s Robbie Brady.

The 24 year old player has been linked to a number of clubs so far this summer, and his stock has only risen again following European Championship games with the Republic of Ireland.

The recent reports suggest Leicester are lining up a £12million offer for the midfielder, and with two years left on his Norwich deal following a £7million move from Hull a year ago – at least the fee seems reasonably sensible.

And finally, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has been quoted as saying that Leicester ‘hold the reins’ on Hatem Ben Arfa.

The former Newcastle man is about to become a free agent again, and with a number of clubs interested in his services, it’s said Leicester are in pole position for the 29 year old.

After a horrid time at Newcastle, he rebuilt himself last season with Nice, scoring 17 times and providing six assists across the Ligue 1 campaign and with it reported that Sevilla were in pole position, Aulas said of Lyon’s interest in him to Canal Plus.

‘I think Hatem wants to come to Lyon, but Leicester seems to hold the reins. Anyway, that is what people have told me this afternoon (Tuesday).’

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