In Focus: Chelsea ready to step up their interest in Danny Drinkwater

According to reports in the Sunday Telegraph, Chelsea are ready to launch a second offer worth more than £25m for Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater having already had one for £15m rejected by the Foxes earlier in the summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Sunday Telegraph says that the Blues are ready to make another offer for the England international as they look to bring in three new players before the window slams shut at the end of this month.

The Sunday Telegraph says that Drinkwater has been left in the dark over his future and he missed out on Leicester’s 4-3 defeat to Arsenal in their opening Premier League match of the season at the Emirates on Friday night because of injury.

The report adds that the 27-year-old is willing to make the move to Stamford Bridge despite the fact that he could find himself behind N’Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas in the pecking order, although the latter duo are currently missing through injury and suspension respectively.

How did Drinkwater do last season?

Following an outstanding 2015/16 campaign when the Foxes won the Premier League title against all the odds, like many of his Leicester teammates the 27-year-old failed to live up to those performances again last term.

The Three Lions midfielder scored one goal and provided a further three assists in 43 appearances in all competitions, while he showed his defensive capabilities by making 60 clearances and 40 interceptions in 29 English top flight outings.

Would he be a good signing for Chelsea?

He certainly would be.

While the Blues have Kante in the middle of the park, they have sold Nemanja Matic to Manchester United and can’t be sure that Bakayoko will be an instant and successful replacement for the Serbian.

There is no doubt that Antonio Conte needs further reinforcements in central midfield and Drinkwater would provide some much-needed depth, and comes with both Premier League and Champions League experience following his exploits with Leicester.

The 27-year-old became well known for his through-balls through the middle and into the channels for the likes of Jamie Vardy at the King Power Stadium, but it remains to be seen whether that style of play would be utilised for Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata and Pedro.