West Ham’s spending in the transfer market shows no signs of stopping and the Hammers are hoping to secure a late move for Chelsea misfit Danny Drinkwater.
The England international has struggled for game time since moving to Stamford Bridge last year from Leicester City and is poised for an exit before Thursday’s transfer deadline – although it would require a domino effect in the market.
According to The Mirror, Chelsea are only prepared to sanction a departure for the 28-year-old if they land a replacement this week – which leaves Manuel Pellegrini sweating as he must wait for two deals in Europe to be pushed through.
The key to everything appears to be World Cup Golden Ball winner Luka Modric, who is considering his future at Real Madrid after being presented with an intriguing offer from Italian giants Inter Milan – and AS now state he is ready to push for an exit.
If that deal were to go through, then Inter would then be ready to approve Matias Vecino’s move to the Premier League where Maurizio Sarri wants the 26-year-old Uruguay international to forge a partnership with his main summer recruit Jorginho.
The Evening Standard stated last week that Chelsea had opened negotiations for Vecino but a deal could hinge on whether Inter manage to bring Modric to Serie A – and West Ham are right at the bottom of the pile in terms of who’s deal is the priority.
Things get much more interesting when you consider the fact that Chelsea and West Ham only have until 5pm on Thursday to complete their respective signings, whereas Inter have until the end of August to thrash out a deal with Real Madrid.
“I’m delighted to be a Chelsea player and can’t wait to get started. It has been a long journey to get here but I am very happy and am looking forward to helping the club win more trophies.”
Perhaps that is why another report from The Mirror indicates West Ham are in negotiations to sign former Aston Villa man Carlos Sanchez from Fiorentina, likely considering the 32-year-old as an alternative to Drinkwater in the market.
It then begs the question as to whether West Ham would push for a Drinkwater move late in the window if the services of 80-cap Colombia international Sanchez are already secured as that deal, along with the imminent capture of Lucas Perez from Arsenal, would take the Hammers total number of summer recruits into double figures.