Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater has handed in a transfer request to force through a move to Chelsea before the transfer window closes.
Drinkwater moved to Leicester City from Manchester United in 2012, and despite facing initial hurdles, the Englishman got to grips quickly for the Foxes.
The 24-year-old was a vital cog in Leicester’s unprecedented success in the 2015-16 campaign, and because of his successful partnership with N’Golo Kante in the respective season, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is interested in bringing Drinkwater to Stamford Bridge and reunite him with the dynamic Frenchman at West London.
After the departure of Nemanja Matic, the Blues have been strongly linked with Drinkwater, and are hoping to sign him for £30m. However, Leicester are reportedly holding out for a fee in the region of £40m.
Due to the Foxes’ continuous reluctance of not allowing their star players to leave for a lesser price, there was a big question whether Chelsea would match Leicester’s asking price and sign Drinkwater before the transfer window closes.
With the deadline approaching thick and fast, the former Red Devil has now taken things into his own hands, as the report from Sky Sports claims that Drinkwater has handed in a transfer request in order to spark a move to Chelsea in the next 24 hours.
The Blues would try to take advantage of the situation, but it shall be interesting to see whether Leicester City allow the playmaker to depart, as they face a stern test in finding a suitable replacement at short notice.
Chelsea have already signed Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco, and with Cesc Fabregas starting the new season on a bright note, there is no doubt that Drinkwater will have to fight for a place in the starting lineup if he signs for the West London club.
The England international, who recently signed a new four-year contract at the King Power stadium, is yet to feature for his team in the 2017-18 campaign, and there is no doubt that the recent speculation around his future has put the club in a soup.
Written by Pragadeesh Shanmugam
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