Would Sporting Lisbon's Adrien Silva be a shrewd replacement if Danny Drinkwater leaves Leicester on deadline day?
The whole Danny Drinkwater saga took another intriguing twist on Thursday morning as the Daily Mail understand Leicester City have taken strides in their approach for Sporting Lisbon’s Adrien Silva.
BBC Sport reported on Tuesday evening that the England midfielder has submitted a transfer request following a second form offer from Chelsea, with the Foxes rejecting the Blues’ advances.
But with it expected that Antonio Conte will return with an improved bid on deadline day it seems that Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has identified a potential replacement should a move happen.
What could Silva bring to the King Power?
Adrien Silva has been at the heart of Sporting Lisbon’s side since he broke into it in 2007, rising through the youth system there and becoming a cult figure, being awarded the captaincy in 2014.
If Leicester City are after a signing that could potentially replicate the composure and discipline shown by Drinkwater over recent years then there aren’t many people that can compare to Silva.
He’s been there and done it all, leading Sporting to Portuguese Cup glory in 2015 before being part of the Portugal’s 2016 European Championship side, and over the course of his career in the Portuguese capital he has managed 34 Champions League appearances, spanning seven campaigns.
The 28-year-old is a very tenacious midfielder, coming across very gritty and determined in the middle of the park and keeping a sense of disciplined positioning that helps him nullify opposition.
Yet he’s not afraid to push further up the pitch if necessary, which is something he would be given the licence to do if he moved to the King Power with Vicente Iborra acting as the holding midfielder.
Interestingly, according to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Leicester City had seemingly agreed a deal to bring Silva to England last summer – with Silva himself ‘confirming’ it in an interview. Regardless of the fact that it obviously didn’t come to fruition on that occasion the groundwork is already in place, and it could be the perfect way to re-open negotiations and get a deal done quickly.
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