Chelsea are struggling to find a buyer for midfielder Danny Drinkwater, according to the London Evening Standard.
Maurizio Sarri is willing to let the former Leicester City star leave the club, either permanently or on loan, but Chelsea are yet to receive a single bid.
Drinkwater joined Chelsea in a £35million deal, per the BBC, in 2017.
The midfielder has struggled for game time at Stamford Bridge, however, playing 90 minutes just three times for the club in the Premier League.
Drinkwater has played a mere 30 minutes this season, in the Community Shield, as Chelsea lost 2-0 to Manchester City, even though he has been fit to play.
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Subsequently, per the aforementioned report in The Evening Standard, there is yet to be a serious enquiry from any potentially interested party for Drinkwater, who the same source claim earns over £100,000-per-week on his contract.
Manager Maurizio Sarri, though, has seemingly made it clear to the player that he is not in his plans, and would like him to leave the club this month.
Chelsea have never been the best at good-value signings, and this is yet another example.
The Blues locked Drinkwater down to a contract that doesn’t expire until 2022 (according to Transfermarkt), and he has largely sat on the substitutes’ bench or not even made the matchday squads since arriving at Stamford Bridge.
If a club wishes to sell a player, they have to give them a chance to prove their worth in the first-team, but Sarri does not appear set to disrupt his first-choice midfield of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic.
As such, the club are likely to struggle to shift a player who was integral to Leicester City’s miraculous Premier League title triumph.
Drinkwater, meanwhile, could feasibly reject any bid and choose to remain at Stamford Bridge until 2022, with his wages rolling in every week.
That, perhaps, would be exactly what Chelsea deserve, such was their negligence in signing Drinkwater in the first place.