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Chelsea are in talks to beef up midfield by triggering a £20 million release clause for Leicester City star N'Golo Kante, according to sources in Italy.

If they do snub Arsenal noses for the France international’s signature, they will get a player compared to the great Claude Makélélé who had five great years at Stamford Bridge between 2003-08.

Indeed, fans called the Leicester man 'Kantolele', although he claims his biggest inspiration is another former Blue.

To find out, who as well as other facts about the 25-year-old, scroll down.

Kante and his odd Twitter account

Kante has a Twitter account named after him in the style of Chuck Norris (see above), former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic and Zlatan Ibrahomovic,

Fine out more at @NgoloKantefacts

Too small? Not really...

When Foxes assistant manager Steve Walsh recommended Kante to Leicester and ex-Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri, he had doubts about Kante's ability to cope with the Premier League due to his diminutive frame.

Looking for someone, son?

When Kante first arrived at Leicester's training ground, members of staff around innocently asked him if he was waiting for his mum.

Me and my shadow: Eden Hazard is closed down by Ngolo Kante

Impressive tracking, N'Golo

Playing in France’s Ligue 1 in 2014-15, Kante won the ball back more than any other player in Europe. Danny Drinkwater, his Leicester midfield partner, calls Kante 'The Rash' because of his tenacious hunger to hunt the ball down.

Kante role model - it's not Claude, but another former French Blue

Kante was encouraged to take up football by is school teacher at age 10, and he began playing for his local club JS Suresnes as a junior.

His first taste of senior football was as close to England without stepping foot in it. This was at Boulogne in 2011.

After asking the player if he considered Makélélé his role model, Kanté instead said that it was Lassana Diarra, at Chelsea between 2005-07.

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