Everton recently announced the signing of left-back Lucas Digne from Barcelona on a five-year deal, giving manager Marco Silva the long-term successor to Leighton Baines he had been looking for.
On top of Digne and Everton’s other summer addition Richarlison, Silva will also be hoping to add a central defender to his squad with Digne’s former Barcelona team-mate Yerry Mina being heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park.
Once that is done, the Portuguese coach may then consider bringing in a midfielder.
Drinkwater, who is valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, is not in the plans of new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri and is now set to leave the Blues despite only joining last summer.
As well as Everton, West Ham, Southampton and Crystal Palace are also said to be interested in the England international’s services.
The Toffees, though, in particular, could really do with a midfielder of Drinkwater’s capability.
Aside from Idrissa Gueye, Everton lack genuine quality in the middle of the park and Drinkwater could be the man to inject some.
While he has made little impact at Stamford Bridge, Drinkwater played an instrumental role in Leicester City’s 2015/16 Premier League-winning campaign.
The 28-year-old was often the man to set the Foxes’ counter-attacks in motion by playing long balls in behind defenders for Riyad Mahrez, Shinji Okazaki and most often Jamie Vardy to run onto.
With more playing time, Drinkwater could recapture the form he showed in his penultimate season at the King Power Stadium, and Everton may just be the appropriate team to offer him that.