The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern really are hoping Antonio Conte is backed in the market between now and the end of the summer, with many believing their squad remains a little light.
Indeed, that’s why recent reports touting Leicester City and England midfielder Danny Drinkwater as a potential target went down so well. While the 27-year-old may not instantly appear to be the most inspiring addition, he’d be a welcome back-up to the likes of N’Golo Kante and Tiémoué Bakayoko in the engine room.
Still, reports from the Sun have shed some more light on that matter. They claim the Premier League champions have told the Foxes they will not pay more than £30m to get their man, even in light of the recently inflated fees in the transfer market.
Unlikely to play too much considering the signing of the aforementioned Bakayoko, the former Manchester United trainee is not valued much more than that at Stamford Bridge, something our punters tend to agree with.
Though Drinkwater played a key role in Leicester’s shock title win, having to pay big money for him wouldn’t overly please our local Chelsea supporters.
Drinkwater would be a solid addition for Chelsea, though having to pay much more than £30m for him would represent bad business. If they can get him at that sort of price, he’d be a strong backup during their busier campaign next time out.
Much more, then a hugely expensive addition to warm the bench.