Leicester City have been relatively active in the transfer window so far this summer with 3 new players arriving at the King Power Stadium for a combined total of £45.9 million, but a recent report from The Times suggests that their most game-changing acquisition could yet be on the horizon.
According to the report, Maurizio Sarri’s arrival at Stamford Bridge could result in a mass exodus of a handful of high-profile players, including the former Leicester star Danny Drinkwater (valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt).
It would appear that Jorginho’s arrival at the club and Sarri’s desire to put his own personal stamp on the Chelsea squad have left Drinkwater surplus to requirements and, if that does indeed prove to be the case, Puel should be on hand to bring him back to Leicester this summer.
During Leicester’s monumental 2015/16 season in which the Foxes famously lifted the Premier League trophy for the first time in their history, Drinkwater was a revelation at the heart of midfield with his tireless box-to-box performances alongside N’Golo Kante.
In the attacking third Drinkwater was a key play-maker with his incisive vision and ability to pick out the lung-bursting runs Jamie Vardy consistently made off the shoulder of his opposite number, and it’s fair to say his quality in this regard has never quite been replaced.
Meanwhile, in the defensive third, Drinkwater worked diligently to recover possession and was successful in his endeavour more often than not.
Unfortunately he hasn’t been able to discover his best form since he made his big-money move to Chelsea, but his disappointing spell in West London should not deter Leicester from expressing an interest.
Chelsea’s desire to sell up could enable Leicester to re-sign Drinkwater for a snip of the price they sold him for last summer, so Puel should at least be making an enquiry into the Blues’ asking price in the coming days before a rival club comes calling for his services.
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