Chelsea favourites to clinch Drinkwater’s signature from Leicester

Judging by the transfer gossip columns, Chelsea are far from finished with regards to their summer activity.

The Premier League champions’ business so far has attracted criticism, particularly after they allowed Nemanja Matic to join rivals Manchester United.

So far, the club have recruited Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Alvaro Morata, but with nine days left before the window shuts, the Blues are believed to be eyeing some more new arrivals.

Danny Drinkwater has been one name linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in order to bolster the team’s midfield options.

The Leicester City man has been part of the Foxes’ setup since 2012 when he joined from Manchester United.

He was a crucial member of Claudio Ranieri’s team that stunned the football world to lift the Premier league title in the 2015-16 campaign.

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea and Leicester are struggling to come to an agreement over price, with the Blues willing to pay £30m, which is £10m off the Foxes’ valuation.

Despite this, the bookies still have the English champions as favourites to land Drinkwater’s signature.

In fact, Sky Bet have the club firmly at the top of the betting market with odds of 4/6.

With N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Bakayoko as options in midfield, Drinkwater may have to fight his way into Conte’s first team.

From the club’s perspective, the ex-United man’s arrival would add strength in depth to a squad that is battling on all fronts.