Southampton are already preparing for January’s transfer window as they look to compete with a rival club for a former Premier League winner.
It is understood that his former side, Leicester City, are also interested in the 28-year-old after he has failed to hold down a regular spot at Stamford Bridge since joining 12 months ago.
Drinkwater could look to leave west London this winter, should first-team football still not be an option for him and Mark Hughes could look to make a move once again.
The Saints are thought to have held an interest in the England international this summer, however, they added Stuart Armstrong to their midfield instead.
Drinkwater could look to end his nightmare at Chelsea at the next possible chance he has and a switch to Southampton could help him get back to playing regular football.
The Saints took Danny Ings from Liverpool after a torrid time and the striker has already started life at St. Mary’s Stadium in a positive fashion.
However, the £18m-rated midfielder, as per Transfermarkt, could find it difficult to break into the first-team on the south coast, with the likes of Mario Lemina and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg already performing solidly as a central duo.
Southampton fans – thoughts?