After spending basically the entire 2018-19 season out of matchday squads and refusing to go out on loan at all, Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater may have finally decided to resume playing competitive football with a loan to Burnley.
And we are quite close to seeing him completing the move to Turf Moors, as the midfielder is reportedly taking a medical at the club.
A Daily Mail report also says that both teams are working towards reaching a compromise regarding the payment of Drinkwater’s relatively high wages, especially for a club of Burnley’s stature, which are set at £100,000 per week. Chelsea might have to share part of the payment if a deal is to move forward, with just a few hours remaining for the summer transfer window to shut down.
Manager Sean Dyche says Danny Drinkwater arrival a ‘maybe’. Agreement has to be reached with all parties.— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) August 8, 2019
With Chelsea carrying six midfielders who have featured heavily in the preseason, Drinkwater has been deemed surplus to requirements along with Tiémoué Bakayoko. The Frenchman is another player who could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge, although the door to one of the most interested parties, Premier League rivals Everton, seems to have been shut.
Nevertheless, it is in the best interest for all parties if Drinkwater’s move to Burnley is finalised soon. Drinkwater may very well rejuvenate his career, while Chelsea will be able to offload some of his wages. And an impressive loan would certainly help Chelsea’s chances in raising Drinkwater’s transfer value for the next summer window.