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Chelsea’s Drinkwater deal set to go ahead as soon as Leicester City find replacement — reports

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leicester City - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Things are starting to look up in the last few hours for Chelsea on this final day of the 2017 summer transfer window. Having secured the signing of Torino wing-back David Zappacosta (pending the medical and official confirmations), it looks like we’re getting close on Danny Drinkwater as well.

Here’s the latest situation from the Guardian’s live ticker.

The Guardian understands that Chelsea’s move for Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater is a goer, but only if Leicester can get a replacement.

Which is more or less what the Telegraph’s Matt Law is saying as well

Who might this replacement be?

The only concrete link we were able to find was with Sporting Lisbon’s Adrien Silva, but this one’s pretty much everywhere so there’s probably something to it. Presumably, if Leicester can secure his signing, they will sanction the Drinkwater deal.

Chelsea’s third bid for Drinkwater is north of £30m all told (£27m plus add-ons), but that’s the price of doing business this summer, and especially on transfer deadline day.

Less than seven hours to go.

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