Erik ten Hag eyes shock move for Chelsea midfielder. Ten Hag believes he has the ability, experience and hunger needed at Manchester United

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According to The Mirror, new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag wants Chelsea star N’Golo Kante to kick-start his Manchester United rebuild.

Kante has been at Chelsea since 2016 after joining from Leicester City in a £32million deal and has one year left on his Chelsea contract.

Ten Hag, who has signed a three-year deal with the Red Devils, is expected to oversee an overhaul of the squad at Old Trafford with several first-team players set to leave and a number of transfers targeted.

The midfield area is one Ten Hag is keen to strengthen this summer, particularly given the expected exits of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic on a free transfer.

Despite being a key player in Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea team, Ten Hag believed the hard running, tough tackling star is an attainable target for Manchester United this summer.

Interim Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has been privately critical of the club’s policy of signing older players at the end of their careers like Edinson Cavani but Ten Hag believe Kante still has plenty to offer despite being 31. Ten Hag believes Kante can quality to Manchester United’s midfield.

As well as winning the World Cup with France in 2018 and the Premier League in his first season in West London, Kante has also won the Champions League, the Europa League, Uefa Super League and FA Cup in his time at Chelsea. United’s squad lacks that kind of mentality – and it’s why United will try to tempt Chelsea to sell the midfield fire-fighter this summer.