Chelsea round-up: Fee agreed for midfielder; striker deal edges closer; Barkley talks ongoing
Chelsea have agreed a fee with Leicester City for the transfer of Danny Drinkwater, according to French source SFR Sport. The fee is rumoured to be in the region of €30 million (£28 million). If true, it will put an end to weeks of negotiations between the two parties as they have sought to thrash out a deal.
The central midfielder could now join up with his former team-mate N’Golo Kante in the middle of the park, where he will compete with Cesc Fabregas and fellow new arrival Tiemoue Bakayoko. He will also add another much needed homegrown player to Antonio Conte’s squad.
Another player could be set to join the Blues, if the London Evening Standard are correct, as they say that Swansea have lowered their asking price for striker Fernando Llorente and a £15 million deal could be close. That would see Conte get yet another one of his top targets this summer just before the deadline closes.
Chelsea had been reluctant to pay much more for the Spaniard given that he is 32-years-old and has entered into the final year of his contract at the Liberty Stadium. Now, it seems that their patience could pay off and see the former Juventus man reunite with Conte at Stamford Bridge.
A deal is not yet as close for another target, as the Daily Mail say that talks are ongoing with Everton midfielder Ross Barkley. Currently sidelined for the next three months with a hamstring injury, Barkley is set to depart before Thursday’s deadline and is in talks with Chelsea and rivals Tottenham.
He too is in the final year of his contract and, like Drinkwater, boasts homegrown player status which is so valuable for squad registration purposes. The two clubs could face some tough and late negotiations in order to decide the player’s final destination though with only days left in the transfer window.