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Reports: Chelsea's £37 million bid for Danny Drinkwater accepted by Leicester City

Chelsea may just have found the ideal replacement for Nemanja Matic


Stoke City v Chelsea - Premier League
Antonio Conte appears to have got one of his main targets

What's the story?

After seeing Nemanja Matic move up north to arch rivals Manchester United (reportedly against his wishes), Antonio Conte has had a good long look at his squad... and he is not a satisfied man.The Italian feels the 6'4" size hole in the middle of the Chelsea park needs immediate redressal and in that endeavour has turned his attentions to N'Golo Kante's former Premier League winning partner Danny Drinkwater.

Now, reports from Standard Sports (do keep a pinch of salt hand) suggest that Leicester City have accepted Chelsea's rather generous £37 million bid for the Manchester United academy graduate.

In case you didn't know

You take one of us, we'll take one of those you thought wasn't good enough but actually is quite good - or so, goes the Chelsea philosophy towards Manchester United's decision to prise Nemanja Matic away.

Drinkwater never got a chance at the club from whose hallowed Academy he graduated, and spent 4 years wandering around Huddersfield Town, Cardiff City, Watford, and Barnsley before finding solace at Leicester City. A veteran of 193 caps for the Foxes, he was an integral part of the team that created arguably the greatest miracle seen in modern sports the season before last.

The heart of the matter

Antonio Conte is not a happy man these days, and he doesn't like going into a title defense with just three top class midfielders - Kante, Cesc Fabregas, and Tiémoué Bakayoko is apparently just not good enough for Chelsea to mount a successful defence domestically and make a fist of it in Europe; hence the interest in Drinkwater... this would also allow Chelsea to seamlessly shift from their current 3-4-3 to Conte's preferred 3-5-2 formation.

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Danny Drinkwater is quite a player;

Not too shabby, eh?

Author's Take

Danny Drinkwater may not be the eye-pleasing, setting-social-media-alight signing out there, but he displayed that he had a near supernatural understanding with N'Golo Kante in the Year of the Miracle - and the Frenchman would be more than happy to see his old teammate at the club.

A neat passer of the ball, and capable of running all day long, he's built very much in the Antonio Conte mould (he's similar in style to Conte the player, and the kind of player Conte the manager) and might just be what the doctor ordered to soothe supposedly strained relationship between the board and the fiery Italian manager.

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