Chelsea round-up: Drinkwater reacts to deal; Costa deal closing in; striker allowed to leave
Chelsea confirmed their final signing of the summer transfer window late on Thursday night with the arrival of Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City. The 27-year-old revealed his delight to the club website, particularly to be reunited with an old friend as he said:
“I played with N’Golo for a season and there was not really a game I didn’t enjoy playing next to him. I am looking forward hopefully to carrying on where we left off. I think we hit it off from the first game and after that we did not really lose. He is a top lad, the most down-to-earth person you will meet. I can’t see him changing much and I am looking forward to meeting him again.”
The midfielder has missed the start of the season through injury but could come into contention for a controversial debut back at the King Power Stadium after the international break.
Another transfer is further away from completion though as the Daily Star say that there remains a difference between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid in negotiations over Diego Costa. With the Spanish transfer deadline at 10:59pm on Friday, there is not long for the Spanish club to come to an agreement.
Costa clearly has no future at Stamford Bridge and has not reported for training since the end of the season. The Blues may be holding out for a high price, but they will be desperate to get the striker off their wage bill.
That was also the case for fellow centre-forward Loic Remy. The Sun say that the club were so desperate to get rid that they have cancelled his £120,000 per week contract in order to help ease through a move for the Frenchman to Spanish side Las Palmas.
The experienced striker failed to ever really settle at Stamford Bridge and was never more than second choice. A poor loan spell at Crystal Palace last season was unlikely to convince potential suitors to make a move for him this summer.