N’Golo Kante is very close to committing his future to Chelsea and signing a new long-term contract.
Kante has agreed a dea,l which is thought to be worth up to £290,000 a week, over the next five years.
Talks have been ongoing since the summer amid long-standing interest in the 27-year-old midfielder from Paris Saint-Germain.
Chelsea beat PSG to sign Kante from newly-crowned champions Leicester for £32million in the summer of 2016.
In his first season at the club he helped bring the title to Stamford Bridge and was named FWA Footballer of the Year.
This year he was integral to the France team as they won the World Cup in Russia.
It has been a phenomenal rise for a player who was signed by Leicester for £5.6m from Caen only three-and-a-half years ago.
This season, he has adjusted quickly to the tactical demands of a new role on the right side of a midfield trio in order to accommodate new £56m signing Jorginho.
Kante is one of seven players to start each of the opening 12 Premier League games under new boss Maurizio Sarri.
They are unbeaten in the league and lie in third, four points behind leaders Manchester City.
His current Chelsea contract which runs until 2012 was among those exposed this month via the Football Leak.
According to French investigative news site Mediapart, Kante was paid a net salary of £4.5m a year and refused to have a percentage paid as image rights into an offshore company in Jersey because he was concerned about paying the right amount of tax.