Another European football star is on his way to Saudi Arabia. Transfer specialist journalist Fabrizio Romano confirmed on Wednesday that midfielder Kanté will be the new addition to Al Ittihad. The reigning Saudi champions have reportedly finalized the signing of the Chelsea player, just a day after announcing the arrival of forward Benzema.
The midfielder will sign a two-year contract with an option for an additional year. He has already completed his medical examinations in London, and the Saudi club is now prepared for the official announcement.
The 2018 World Cup champion will join Benzema as the second major reinforcement for Al Ittihad ahead of the Club World Cup later this year.
Kanté is another superstar in Arab football
The team, led by Portuguese manager Nuno Espírito Santo, secured their spot in the competition by winning the Saudi title in the recently concluded season, defeating Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nasr. Kanté joined Chelsea in 2016, shortly after being one of the key players in Leicester City’s historic Premier League title triumph in 2015/16.
Having started his career at Boulogne and also playing for Caen, he quickly established a strong connection with the London club’s fans, remaining one of their key players for seven seasons.
The midfielder added another Premier League trophy to his collection at Chelsea, as well as a UEFA Champions League title, a Club World Cup, a UEFA Europa League, an FA Cup, and a UEFA Super Cup, bringing his total number of club trophies to six.
In total, he made 270 appearances and scored 13 goals for the Blues. Following the January signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, Saudi Arabian football continues to take risks by investing millions in European football talents. Other high-profile names, such as Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos, who recently left Paris Saint-Germain, are also being linked to Arab clubs, with Al-Hilal reportedly interested in their services.