According to CBS Sports, Tuttomercatoweb and Calciomercato.com, the proposal was made by the Premier League side in the January transfer window.
Kante would’ve been a valuable addition to the Bianconeri midfield, but they turned down the chance to sign the France international.
De Ligt did eventually leave Juventus in the summer, making the transfer to Bayern Munich instead for €67m cash plus up to €10m in add-ons.
Kante’s future remains in the balance, as his contract with Chelsea only runs to June 2023 and he has made only two appearances for the Stamford Bridge side this season.
He was purchased from Leicester City in 2016 for €35.8m, having won the Premier League title with Claudio Ranieri.
Max Allegri has particularly struggled with the midfield this season, using teenagers including Fabio Miretti to fill the gaps.