Chelsea have offered to double N’Golo Kante’s money and make him their highest-paid player in a bid to keep him out of the grasp of Paris Saint-Germain.
The central midfielder’s stock has risen since he moved to Stamford Bridge, where he won the Premier League in his first season.
He was also an integral part of Didier Deschamps’ World Cup winning squad in Russia this summer and The Times claim he has been rewarded with a new deal worth £15million a season over five years.
The move comes amid reported interest in the midfielder from French giants, PSG, who last summer showed their financial muscle in wrestling Neymar away from Barcelona for £198m.
If Kante puts pen to paper on the contract, he would go above Eden Hazard and become the Blues best-paid star.
Hazard, who is currently Chelsea’s highest earner on £220,000 a week, has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid.
The Times report that the club would be prepared to offer him a deal similar to the one of the table to Kante, should he opt to stay.
Kante, meanwhile, is not believed to be looking to leave Stamford Bridge. The midfielder joined for around £30m in 2016 and played in every one of France’s World Cup games.