Wenger hints at Kante interest after missing out on Vardy

The England striker has signed a new contract at the King Power Stadium but the Arsenal boss expects a race to sign the France midfielder

Arsene Wenger has hinted that Arsenal remain interested in signing N'Golo Kante after missing out on his Leicester City team-mate Jamie Vardy.

Kante has impressed for France at Euro 2016 on the back of a superb debut season in the Premier League with the Foxes.

Wenger believes Leicester have lined up a replacement for the 25-year-old in Nice star Nampalys Mendy and though the Gunners have already landed Granit Xhaka, the Frenchman did not rule his side out of the race.

"It is very difficult to talk about that at the moment," Wenger told beIN Sports. "Kante is on the list of many clubs. It is an area where we have many players.

"We will see what happens in the next two or three weeks. It looks like Leicester have bought a player from Nice [Nampalys Mendy] with similar qualities to Kante, so whether they envisage to lose him or not I don't know.

"If you ask 100 people in the street if they want Kante to play [for France] you will get 100 saying yes. He has done the job in one or two games and I am not surprised.

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"I said two months ago this boy will play the whole European Championship. We know him well from Leicester now and I am not surprised that he is starting. He has been one of the revelations of the French team."

After weeks of speculation linking Vardy with a move to Arsenal, Leicester announced the England international had agreed a four-year contract extension.

Despite missing out on the 29-year-old striker, Wenger said he respected Vardy's decision.

"I think Leicester have made a statement and Vardy will stay. We were on the case and interested, but not more than that," Wenger said. "He has decided to stay at Leicester and good luck to him.

"He came late to the game and in fairness Leicester bought him from Fleetwood and he has been successful. He is 29 and he has chosen to stay at Leicester. You have to respect that."