Why Arsenal signed Granit Xhaka ahead of N’Golo Kante

first_imgAdvertisement Why Arsenal signed Granit Xhaka ahead of N’Golo Kante N’Golo Kante helped Chelsea win the Premier League title in his first season at the club (Getty Images)Football Leaks later revealed that two agents involved in brokering Chelsea’s deal for Kante were paid a combined total of £10.6m. Gregory Dakad received £6.4m, while Abdelkarim Douis was given £4.2m.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt was also revealed by Football Leaks that Chelsea director Maria Granovskaia even warned the club’s owner Roman Abramovich about the high fees for the two agents.Speaking to The Athletic, Arsenal’s former transfer negotiator Dick Law said of the Gunners’ potential deal for Kante: ‘When things reached an extreme, we tended to back away.’ Arsenal also missed out on a deal for Jamie Vardy in 2016 (Getty Images)Law also revealed how Jamie Vardy snubbed Arsenal after the club had agreed a transfer fee and a contract.‘The deal with Leicester was done, the deal with the player was done,’ said Law.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He came down to visit with his wife Rebekah, he sat on the couch in front of Arsene… and then he backed off.‘On his way back to Leicester I get a call from the player saying he wants to think about it overnight.‘At that point, you know it’s bad news.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Apr 2020 8:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10kShares Granit Xhaka joined Arsenal in 2016 while N’Golo Kante moved to Chelsea (Getty Images)Arsenal’s former transfer negotiator has revealed that the Gunners passed up the chance to sign N’Golo Kante ahead of Chelsea because of the high agents’ fees involved in the deal.Kante was linked with several clubs in the summer of 2016 having played a key role in Leicester City’s Premier League title success that season.Arsenal were one of the sides in the running to sign Kante but the France international ended up joining Chelsea in a £32 million deal.Earlier that summer, Arsene Wenger had bolstered his midfield options with the signing of Granit Xhaka for £35m.ADVERTISEMENTBut Wenger was unable to strengthen even further with the arrival of Kante due to the rising cost of the deal. Advertisementlast_img read more