Chelsea lining up second bid after £15m opening offer turned down

August 13, 2017

According to the latest transfer news, Chelsea are prepared to make a second bid to seal the transfer of Leicester City midfield star Danny Drinkwater, having seen an initial offer of £15m rejected.

The Stamford Bridge side could now go up to over £25m for the Englishman, though it is believed the Foxes want as much as £40m for such a key member of their squad.

The 27-year-old star is currently out of action with injury and was not involved in Leicester City’s Premier League opening-day defeat to Arsenal.

Drinkwater himself is understood to be keen on the move despite him being unlikely to be ahead of N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas or Tiemoue Bakayoko in Antonio Conte’s pecking order.

The Italian manager is desperate to strengthen the depth of his squad to cope with the added demands of Champions League football this season, with Drinkwater a prime target.

With the departure of Nemanja Matic to Man United leaving Chelsea a little light in midfield, the former Juventus is pressing for his club to go back in for Drinkwater with an improved offer, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Th England international has shown his quality in his time at the King Power Stadium, and his fine form alongside N’golo Kante during Leicester’s shock 2015/16 title-winning season first drew Chelsea’s interest a year ago.