Published: Sat, August 05, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

A year on from Kante raid, Chelsea target Leicester midfielder Drinkwater

A year on from Kante raid, Chelsea target Leicester midfielder Drinkwater

The England midfielder is one of the names linked to Chelsea as a potential replacement for Matic who joined Manchester United.

The most recent player to have left Leicester City for Chelsea is N'Golo Kante, who departed a year ago for a hefty £30 million - we all know what happened next.

Chelsea have told Leicester that they want to sign Danny Drinkwater but are not prepared to pay more than £30m for him, according to reports in the British media.

The sales of both Matic and Nathaniel Chalobah have left the Premier League champions short of options in the middle of the park, despite the arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco.

The midfielder has also been recognised at global level after breaking into the England set-up and it appears he's now being lined-up for a big-money move to the defending league champions.

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The Leicester midfielder is under contract at the King Power Stadium until June 2021 having agreed a new deal last summer.

Leicester are not keen on selling a key player so close to the start of the 2017/18 campaign though, and manager Craig Shakespeare would expect a sizeable fee to be offered before allowing Drinkwater to hold discussions with Chelsea's representatives.

The 27-year-old is one of three players in the position the West Londoners are looking at, along with Everton's Ross Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal, with perhaps the homegrown quota at the back of their mind.

Conte enjoyed great success by delivering the title to Chelsea in his first season last term, but has been desperate to strengthen his team with a number of additions this summer.

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