Chelsea’s intent on showcasing a midfield to be reckoned with in their attempt to retain the Premier League title in the upcoming season is crystal clear, as Danny Drinkwater is reportedly willing to join their ranks.
Reports from the Mirror suggest that the player is about to inform Leicester City about his intention to make the switch.
Following the arrival of Tiémoué Bakayoko from Monaco, Antonio Conte is looking to bolster the creative capacity of his midfield.
The 27-year-old Englishman certainly fits the part, as he is hailed as one of the leading midfielders in the Premier League owing to his linking flair and on-field intelligence.
Chelsea were looking to sign him last season itself along with N’Golo Kanté. Leicester City, however, couldn’t afford to lose both their midfield maestros. The duo had worked wonders in the 2015-2016 season that had seen them lead the team to Premier League glory.
However, the Foxes’ performances last season weren’t even an inkling of their glorious title-winning season. The disappointing title defense is believed to be the key reason for Drinkwater’s desire to depart from Craig Shakespeare and company.
Leicester City will be disappointed if they lose the England international, as his antics in midfield were one of the few things that worked in their favor.
With the World Cup approaching, however, a switch to the English champions will be a likely decision if the player hopes to come under the radar of England boss Gareth Southgate.
Conte, who was lamenting over the loss of Nemanja Matic to Man Utd, is a huge admirer of Drinkwater and his style of play, despite reports suggesting that Chelsea are willing to pay no more than £30 million to secure the services of the central midfielder, who is currently out of the Leicester squad following a minor groin injury.
With the Chelsea boss claiming that the upcoming season might be the most difficult one of his career, it will be interesting to see how Kante, Bakayoko, as well as Drinkwater, who is currently out of the Leicester squad following a minor groin injury, will handle the midfield if the deal goes through.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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