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According to Daily Star, the Blues have identified a replacement for N’Golo Kante, who has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid.
Chelsea currently have no intentions of letting the World Cup winner leave Stamford Bridge next summer but situations can quickly change in football.
The report claims Chelsea are scouting Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare ahead of a potential transfer as N’Golo Kante is linked with a move away.
The 20 year old has impressed in Ligue 1 this season and also faced Chelsea twice in the Champions League.
Lille reportedly have no intention of letting Soumare leave during the January transfer window but could be open to letting the 20 year old leave in the summer.