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Chelsea have not followed-up rejected lowball offer for Drinkwater

Chelsea have not followed-up rejected lowball offer for Drinkwater

Antonio Conte appears to have cooled his interest in Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater after the Premier League champions failed to make a second bid for the England midfielder, reports The Telegraph.

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the west London side are ready to make another attempt to lure the 27-year-old midfielder to Stamford Bridge after failing with their first bid to sign the England global.

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

Although Chelsea have brought in Tiemoue Bakayoko to replace their Serbian midfielder, they are well short of numbers on the bench, with just 14 experienced players available. He explained how he worked, tactically, and why I would learn a lot from him.

Republic of Ireland defender Stephen Ward celebrates scoring Burnley’s second goal in their shock 3-2 win
Republic of Ireland defender Stephen Ward celebrates scoring Burnley’s second goal in their shock 3-2 win

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare is confident of retaining all the players he wants to keep in his squad but is wary of approaches from rivals as the transfer window enters its final weeks.

Drinkwater featured in Europe's premier club competition last season after helping Leicester win the 2015/16 Premier League title. Even if too much, Leicester City may well get their price because of the desperate situation that Chelsea find themselves in.

Alternative options for Antonio Conte's side include the likes of Everton's Ross Barkley and Barcelona's Sergi Roberto. The N'Golo Kante sized hole in the midfield is still haunting them, and another veteran's departure will only add to their woes.

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