N’Golo Kante poised to seal £86m per year move to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad

After passing his physical in London, N’Golo Kante is almost ready to announce his transfer to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad. 

The France international, whose Chelsea contract expires this month, has reached an agreement through 2025 for €100 million (£86 million) per season with an additional year’s option.

Al-Ittihad, one of four Saudi teams in which the nation’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which owns 80% of Newcastle United, acquired 75% stake this week, signed Karim Benzema from Real Madrid on Tuesday.

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On Tuesday, Kante was approached by a delegation from Al-Ittihad in London who convinced him to join. This year, Kante came very close to extending his contract with Chelsea, but the agreement was not completed. 

The 32-year-old has nine appearances this season despite struggling with injuries. Kante is receiving payment for image rights, business transactions, and a portfolio of investments.

It is around half of what Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Al-Nassr in December, were paid.