Reigning English Champions Chelsea seem to have found a suitable replacement for Nemanja Matic, after the Serbian completed a £40 million move to Man United earlier this week.
The Blues’ boss, Antonio Conte, is eyeing Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater, as the Italian looks to strengthen his midfield.
Conte is known to be a long-term admirer of the Englishman, and had first declared his interest in signing the player a year ago.
However, a move for the 27-year-old never materialized, as Chelsea, who had already captured N’Golo Kante for £32m, believed that the Foxes wouldn’t let another of their stars leave.
But now, as per reports from The Sun, last season’s Premier League winners seem to have refreshed their interest in Drinkwater, after having already lost two of their central midfield players – Nemanja Matic and Nathaniel Chalobah – this summer.
Though the Blues have brought in Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco in a £40 million deal, they still possess doubts over Cesc Cesc Fabregas’ fitness, which is why Conte is desperate to bring in at least one more quality central midfielder, as the London club prepares for this season.
Nonetheless, it was also claimed that Chelsea won’t be held to any kind of ransom by Leicester, after the Blues made it clear that they won’t be paying a penny more than £30 million for the England international.
Also, Foxes’ boss Craig Shakespeare is said to have already included Drinkwater in his plans for the upcoming season, and believes that the 27-year-old could be a vital member for his side. The boss is keen to hold on to his prized asset, who played a major role to help the club win the Premier League in 2016.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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