Real Madrid have reportedly joined the race to sign Leicester City star N’Golo Kante as manager Zinedine Zidane seeks to strengthen his defensive midfield options.

According to Marca‘s Jose Felix Diaz (adapted by Euan McTear), the Madrid boss has been monitoring his compatriot since December and wants him to provide competition for Casemiro or be an alternative for him in case of injury or suspension, while Paris Saint-Germain are also interested.

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Casemiro emerged as a highly useful player for Los Blancos last season and even kept the likes of James Rodriguez out of the starting lineup.

His presence in holding midfield brought balance to the team, shielding the back four and allowing Luka Modric and ToniKroos licence to control the game and create chances.

The Brazilian is vital for Real not because he’s particularly exceptional in his position, but because he’s the only one who performs that role in the squad—and Kante does it even better.

With Kante‘s ability and endurance, there’s little reason to think he couldn’t thrive at the Santiago Bernabeu. He’d be a phenomenal signing.

Meanwhile, to the disappointment of Arsenal and Manchester City, Real have opted to keep Isco. According to the Daily Star‘s ChrisHatherall, the teams are interested in the Spaniard, but Zidane has ruled out the possibility of him leaving: “Isco will not be leaving Real Madrid,” said the Frenchman.

The campaign wasn’t the 24-year-old’s best, but he still managed to accrue a fairly healthy return of five goals and 12 assists in all competitions. The Spaniard was at his creative best in the UEFAChampions League, per WhoScored.com:

 

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