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Chelsea to bid less than asking price for Danny Drinkwater this week

Chelsea’s season is off to a sub-optimal start with three points dropped at home to Burnley, and the squad’s depth severely exposed just one game into the season. So if the Board truly do intend to back the head coach as it’s claimed, they need to get their act together and start actually signing some players. Like, right now.

The first of those could be Danny Drinkwater, who may or may not be injured (or, you know, “injured”) and is supposedly interested in reuniting with his former Premier League-winning midfield colleague N’Golo Kanté. Of course, that would require a decent bid from the Blues, whose £15m lowball was summarily rejected a few weeks ago by Leicester. How about £25m?

That’s the number from Matt Law in his latest Telegraph exclusive. Trouble is of course that Leicester value Drinkwater at £40m, and that number has held steady since the rumors first popped up on the radar.

Unfortunately, the time for haggling may be long past. The transfer window shuts in less than three weeks, and more immediately, Chelsea have literally one midfielder available for Sunday’s match against Spurs. Two if we count David Luiz.

Time to pay up.

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