Danny Drinkwater Hands In Leicester Transfer Request To Push For Chelsea Move

Danny Drinkwater Hands In Leicester Transfer Request To Push For Chelsea Move
Aug 30, 2017

Chelsea Leicester News

According to Sky Sports, Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater has handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force away a move to Chelsea. Drinkwater is understood to want a move to Antonio Conte’s side, but the Blues are yet to meet Leicester’s valuation of the English midfielder – a fee in the region of £25million has already been discussed.

Despite the interest the 27-year-old expresses in a move to Stamford Bridge, the Foxes have stated before that they are reluctant to sell Drinkwater, who is yet to feature this term under Craig Shakespeare following a pulled thigh muscle in pre-season.

Shakespeare’s side also may not be willing to sell the Manchester born man during the latter stages of the window, due to the difficulty of finding a replacement in a short amount of time. It could take an offer of £30million from Chelsea to prise Drinkwater away from the King Power Stadium.

The Stamford Bridge outfit, who have already added to their midfield by signing ex-Monaco midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko for £40million earlier this window, are looking to add something different in the signing of Drinkwater – who would add vision from the centre of the park and play a key part in counter-attacking forays.

With Nemanja Matić having been sold to Manchester United and Cesc Fabregas turning 30 this month, Antonio Conte is already looking to the long-term; some pundits have touted him as a possible replacement for the former.

In his stint at Leicester, Drinkwater has contributed 13 goals in 193 games – quickly endearing himself with the faithful at the King Power. The former Manchester United midfielder, who has served five years at Leicester, won the Premier League title in 2016 under former boss Claudio Ranieri, becoming a key cog & integral in the midfield to the Foxes’ title challenge.

Should he leave Shakespeare’s side, he will be reunited with N’Golo Kanté, who he played alongside with in the 2015/16 season before the latter’s eventual transfer to the Blues in the summer of 2016.

Despite his desire to join Chelsea, Bakayoko has insisted he isn’t threatened/afraid at the prospect of Drinkwater becoming a new addition, telling SFR Sport: “Competition only makes you better. I am not scared of anyone,” Bakayoko told the French outlet.

“I think that there are not enough of us in midfield, especially with all the competitions we will be playing in. We need another midfielder to reinforce the team, so it is a very good thing that he could be coming.”

 

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