Chelsea ready to make second bid for Danny Drinkwater

Chelsea Transfer News Leicester demanding £40m for Danny Drinkwater

Chelsea will reportedly launch a second bid for Leicester City midfield playmaker Danny Drinkwater after previously having an offer of around £15 million rejected. Drinkwater has been left in the dark over his future, but Chelsea are preparing a second offer that is likely to be worth over £25m for the 27-year-old.

Chelsea are in desperate need of reinforcements and have just 14 experienced players in their squad for the start of the Premier League season. The same paper report that Leicester do not want to sell one of their star players and consider the central midfielder to be worth much more than Chelsea are now offering.

However, the Foxes are ready to dig their heels in and demand the £40m Chelsea received from Manchester United for Nemanja Matic.

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The story also says that Drinkwater himself would be "interested" in a move to Stamford Bridge, but accepts that he would face competitive for a starting berth in the Blues' line-up.

Chelsea have signed four players so far this summer - Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata.

"You know when you have good players that there might be interest from other clubs but I wouldn't sleep at night if all the scenarios that you (the media) put to me happened". However, even if the Premier League Champions do sign Drinkwater, they are still keen on adding more talent with Everton's Ross Barkley and Arsenal's Oxlade-Chamberlain also linked with moves to Stamford Bridge. Drinkwater can definitely perform a solid role and with Matic no longer part of Chelsea, the Leicester City midfielder could be a valuable asset for Conte this season.