Chelsea and Newcastle lock horns in transfer chase for ex-Man City ace Brahim Diaz
CHELSEA and Newcastle are keeping an eye on former Manchester City forward Brahim Diaz.
The Premier League pair have been made aware Real Madrid star Diaz, currently in his third season on loan at AC Milan, could become available in the summer.
Diaz, 23, had four years at City without breaking into the first team and moved to Real in 2019.
He was part of the Milan side that won the Serie A title last season.
Diaz hit the only goal in the last-16 Champions League win over Spurs.
Milan have an option to buy the Spain striker for £19.5million at the end of his loan — but Real also have a buy-back clause worth £24m if he were to make a permanent move.
Meanwhile, SunSport revealed Chelsea are ready to back N’Golo Kante despite his injury record as he closes in on a new deal.
But the French midfielder is poised to sign a two-year contract with the option of a third.
That’s after his season was ravaged by fitness problems. Kante, 31, has not played since mid-August.
And he needed hamstring surgery during the World Cup while his France team-mates went all the way to the final in Qatar.
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His current deal expires at the end of this season.
But Chelsea are confident the inspirational star is over the worst of his ills.
SunSport understands the new contract will be a straight two-season agreement. That will take Kante up to his 33rd birthday and possibly beyond.