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Will Chelsea turn their attentions to Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater?

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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.

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Of all of the names to pluck out of a hat to replace Matic, there are not many people who would have guessed that Drinkwater would have been on Conte’s radar heading into the new campaign. The Blues already have Tiemoue Bakayoko and the imperious N’Golo Kante in their ranks, and Leicester insist Drinkwater is not for sale, so it’s hard to see rumours of a move becoming reality.

Will is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, specialising in the art of sports. Long-time suffering Northampton Town fan who once saw us win a league title. Find him on Twitter - @96PearsonW.

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Newcastle United can do better than Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham this summer

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Rafa Benitez will have been disappointed to have seen his January signing of Islam Slimani end in complete and utter failure with the Leicester City loanee spending more time in the stands than on the pitch and now he is focused on bringing in an improvement to St. James’ Park for 2018/19, but Tammy Abraham is not the answer.

TEAMTalk say that the Spaniard may return to the striker, who was strongly linked with a move to the north-east last summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

On that occasion, the report indicated that a deal could not be agreed to satisfy Chelsea, but having struck a deal for Kenedy since then the relationship between the two parties may be better and make a move for Abraham smoother.

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Then, Abraham was hot property having set the Championship alight with Bristol City, but his loan spell at Swansea has been less convincing. Having scored just five goals and registered three assists in 39 appearances for the Swans, Abraham has made only two Premier League starts in 2018 as doubts continue to emerge about his ability at this level.

What is clear is that he is not ready to walk into Newcastle and be the solution that Benitez needs. In part, that is because Abraham would not be an alternative to the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic, impressing in the second tier himself now, or Slimani, given that whilst he is tall and physical, his game is about much more than simply being a target man.

The Newcastle boss is clearly looking for a way to add goals to his team, but Abraham, whilst promising, may not be ready for such pressure after a frustrating season in difficult circumstances in south Wales and would be a cheap gamble if Newcastle were to opt for him as their main addition up-front.

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Isaac Christie-Davies joining Liverpool highlights Anfield as the ideal platform for youngsters

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Liverpool are set to sign Chelsea midfielder Isaac Christie-Davies on a free transfer, according to reports from ESPN.

The 20-year-old talent was not offered a new contract by Chelsea and the Reds swooped in earlier this year to offer him a trial ahead of other interested clubs.

If the move goes through, Christie-Davies will become the second young player, after Dominic Solanke, to join the Reds from Chelsea in just two years.

Davies joined Chelsea’s academy from Brighton and progressed from the youth ranks to the under-23s, winning the FA Youth Cup in 2015 and 2016 as well as the UEFA Youth League in 2016.

The teenager impressed during his trial period at Liverpool with the Merseyside outfit set to offer him a contract.

The youngster will look to his former Chelsea teammate and World Cup Golden Ball winner Solanke for inspiration, who finally showcased his talents in his previous outing at Anfield.

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The 20-year-old striker finally notched his first senior goal for the Reds against Brighton on the final day of the Premier League, when the England international rifled a shot just under the bar to break his Reds duck.

The move for Christie-Davies represents yet another promising player trading London for Merseyside, and it could be Liverpool taking advantage of further academy talents.

Christie-Davies is likely to head straight into the Liverpool Under 23 squad as he follows the path of former teammate Solanke to Anfield.

Despite the youngster being unlikely to influence the first team next season it still could prove to be a nice bit of business from the club.

Although it was Chelsea’s decision to let the former Brighton youngster leave Stamford Bridge, Davies will look to the likes of former Blues, Solanke and Rhian Brewster as inspiration that it is still possible to reach the top.

Liverpool’s under 23’s finished 2nd in Premier League 2 this season, and standout players such as Harry Wilson even endured successful loan moves in the Championship, which could be the motivation Davies needs to make the grade at Anfield.

Also, the fact Liverpool quickly gambled on the midfielder reflects the qualities that are evidently present with Christie-Davies. If the youngster makes the most of his new move he could be another former Blue to thrive from a London exit.

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Mauricio Pochettino would be mad to leave Tottenham for Chelsea

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There could be one of the most sensational managerial switches of the Premier League era if Sky Sports are to be believed as they claim that Chelsea are pondering over making a move for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to replace Antonio Conte after a disastrous attempt at a Premier League title defence.

The Italian’s days are clearly numbered and his departure after the FA Cup final this weekend looks inevitable, but Mauricio Pochettino would be making a serious mistake if he were to take the opportunity to move to Stamford Bridge.

After four years in the dugout, at both White Hart Lane and Wembley Stadium, Pochettino has got his team playing his way. The Argentine has always worked under limited resources, at Espanyol, Southampton and even now at Spurs, and whilst the offer of money to spend at Chelsea may be exciting it would also mean an increased responsibility and a very different challenge.

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Tottenham fans and board have complete faith in their coach and are prepared to invest in him to take their club to the next level, something which will come soon with the building of their new stadium, and feel that he is the right man to lead the club in the long-term.

A move to a club with such a short term view in the form of Chelsea would be to sacrifice all that Pochettino has achieved in his spell in north London to date, bringing through young talents like Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier who are now beginning to reach their peak and shine under the coach.

With stability at a club on the up, Pochettino would be foolish to be distracted by the bright lights and glamour of a dysfunctional club like Chelsea.

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