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Chelsea Set To Miss Out On Euro 2016 Winner But Inch Closer To Kante Deal [Reports]

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With Antonio Conte officially unveiled as the new Chelsea boss, thoughts have immediately turned to who will be joining the Italian at Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks.

Joao Mario of Sporting Lisbon was one player linked with a move to the Blues, though reports have now emerged that he has all but agreed a move to Inter Milan.

According to The Sun, a fee of £29 million has been agreed for the midfielder, who is set to sign a five-year deal that will also mean a significant increase in wages.

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Joao Mario of Portugal in action with Moussa Sissoko of France during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Mario and Portugal won Euro 2016 after beating hosts France in extra time in last Sunday night’s final, with the player continuing to display the form he produced last season for Sporting that saw him linked with both Manchester United and Chelsea this summer. However, it appears Roberto Mancini and Inter Milan have won the race for the highly-rated midfielder.

The newspaper reports that the player will be bought by Jiangsu Suning of the Chinese Super League and then immediately loaned out to Inter Milan for the coming term. The owner of the Chinese club is also a significant investor in the Serie A side – though any agreement will have to be completed on Friday, when the transfer for the Chinese Super League window closes.

Chelsea have been linked with a bid for N’Golo Kante with reports emerging on Twitter on Friday that a deal between the two clubs has now been agreed.

Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena

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