Chelsea are preparing a second bid for Danny Drinkwater this week worth around £25m, according to a report in The Telegraph.
The Blues are in crisis mode following their 3-2 opening day defeat to Burnley at Stamford Bridge and are left with just one available senior central midfielder for next weekend’s London derby at Wembley against Tottenham thanks to Cesc Fabregas’ late red card on Saturday.
With Tiemoue Bakayoko still recovering from injury and youngsters like Lewis Baker, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah all playing elsewhere this season, Antonio Conte may be forced to expedite a deal for Drinkwater before next Sunday.
The England international has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer as the Blues look to bump up their roster of home-grown talent.
But Leicester are said to be holding out for £40m – the same amount Chelsea received from Manchester United earlier in the transfer window for Nemanja Matic.
Chelsea may be left with little other choice, as academy player Kyle Scott joins N’Golo Kante as the only specialist central midfielders available to Antonio Conte for next weekend, although Drinkwater has fitness issues of his own as he missed Leicester’s 4-3 defeat to Arsenal on Friday night because of an injury.
Conte is keen to add three players to he squad before the end of the transfer window, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ross Barkley and Virgil Van Dijk all on his list.
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