Shock reports surfaced from Sky Sports as it was claimed that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has shown interest in re-enforcing his midfield with Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater.
It was officially announced on Monday, that Nemanja Matic has joined Manchester United in a £40 million switch, and now Conte is on the prowl for another midfielder.
It is understood by sources close to the news outlet that Drinkwater is one of four targets, with Renato Sanches, Ross Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also being considered by the Italian.
Would Danny Drinkwater be a good fit at Stamford Bridge?
It is perhaps fair to say that nobody saw this rumour coming when they woke up on Monday morning but, when you think about it more, Drinkwater could be a clever addition for Chelsea.
After being at the Foxes since 2012, featuring 218 times whilst helping them transform from a Championship side to Premier League champions, there’s little he hasn’t experienced at club level.
The 27-year-old is a fairly dynamic player in the midfield, quick to sniff out the danger and offer defensive protection, and he could really begin to thrive by playing in a side with world-class players.
But after already spending the big money on Monaco midfield powerhouse Tiemoue Bakayoko, it is most likely that he’ll line up alongside N’Golo Kante in the middle of the park for Chelsea next season for the big matches, with Drinkwater playing a supporting role – á la Cesc Fabregas – from the bench.
After becoming known as a legend around the King Power, and with first-team football all-but guaranteed there, it would be strange for the England international to risk it all at Stamford Bridge.
One big part of Conte’s thinking, however, could be to do with the fact that the 27-year-old was partnering N’Golo Kante during Leicester City’s shock title-winning season, and with a sense of chemistry already existing between the two after their time together he could bring this winning formula to Chelsea.
They bounced off each other in the Leicester midfield, having an excellent understanding of each other’s positions and roles, and it helped Drinkwater become the disciplined tactician that he now is.
Even in Leicester’s struggles last season, only clawing themselves away from a relegation battle following Craig Shakespeare’s arrival, Drinkwater was one of the players with his head held high.
But the fact of the matter is that Chelsea are a side aiming to challenge for the Premier League and the Champions League next season and you have to ask yourself, is Drinkwater the world-class squad player that they require to compete with the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid? Most probably not.