According to the Telegraph’s Matt Law and several other sources, Chelsea have made a new approach for Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater. This is now Chelsea’s third bid for the former Manchester United prospect.
The is Chelsea’s highest offer for Drinkwater yet after lowballs of £15m and £25m, and the first after the 27-year-old handed in an official transfer request. Although the potential £30+ million fee still remains below Leicester’s asking price of £40 million, Law believes Chelsea’s prospects are good for finally getting this deal done.
Meanwhile, London Evening Standard’s Simon Johnson puts the likelihood of a Chelsea deal for Drinkwater at “50-50”.
Been told another bid from #cfc for Drinkwater has gone in, but chances of deal being completed are currently rated 50-50..12 hours to go— Simon Johnson (@sjstandardsport) August 31, 2017
As reported by the Independent yesterday and several other sources throughout the last few hours, Leicester may be in for a very busy transfer window as Drinkwater along with Riyad Mahrez — who has also been tenuously linked with Chelsea — and Demarai Gray look to exit the club. Their priority may very well be arranging replacements for these players before allowing them to exit the club, which could see any negotiations dragging into the last minutes of deadline day.