The Daily Mirror also has a say on the matter. According to the English tabloid, Drinkwater remains a target for West Ham, who were keen on his signing when the news about his dissatisfaction at Chelsea first broke out. But instead of the our London neighbours, Everton are the club first in line for his signature in a potential loan deal.
Danny Drinkwater’s deadline deal that took him from Leicester City to Chelsea last summer did not work out, with only a few unimpressive appearances made by the midfielder across last season. And as one would expect, the player wants out of Stamford Bridge, with the Blues apparently not making much of an effort to keep him around.
So Drinkwater may find a way out of London by a reunion with the club with whom he won the Premier League back in the 2015-16 season, as per a report from the Independent.
Chelsea have found themselves with too many midfielders to take over the three starting spots in Maurizio Sarri’s scheme, with Jorginho and N’Golo Kanté already seen as locks in the first two roles. As of now, we have Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, Cesc Fàbregas, Tiémoué Bakayoko and Drinkwater fighting over the open spot. And the competition will be even fiercer once we land Mateo Kovacic on a loan move from Real Madrid.
Both Bakayoko and Drinkwater are deemed as the odd ones out in the group, with the Frenchman looking set to leave Chelsea for Italian club AC Milan on a loan deal. As for Drinkwater, his list of potential suitors have all been English clubs, such as West Ham and Leicester themselves.
Even if the arrangement Leicester are looking into is just a loan, as the report does not make it clear on what terms the Foxes are seeking this reunion, it would be good enough for Chelsea. We will hardly ever see back those £35 million (plus wages) we spent on Drinkwater, be it in our financial books or the pitch.