Chelsea could have a fight on their hands if they want to sign Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, with the 2016 Premier League champions digging their heels in.
Antonio Conte is determined to buy more players before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, and while the England international is a player that the Blues are seriously interested in, their offers for him this far have been knocked back.
According to the Telegraph, Leicester have demanded £40m – the same price that Chelsea sold Nemanja Matic to Manchester United for – if they want to bring the 27-year-old to Stamford Bridge. The reports states that while the Foxes are not 100% averse to selling the player, they will only do so when they receive an offer from Chelsea that is truly reflective of his worth to the team. Given the inflated state of the transfer market right now, Leicester will feel that £40m is a fair price to ask for.
Whether or not Chelsea come back in with another offer remains to be seen – the report suggests that they will offer £25m but it is hard to see that being accepted given the disparity with what they want for him – though their desperation is likely to be ramped up as the deadline approaches.
A number of other targets are reported to be on their radar, with Danny Rose, Alex Sandro, Cedric Soares, Joao Cancelo, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virgil van Dijk all being linked with moves to the reigning champions.
Another striker could also be on the list if they are able to sell Diego Costa with sufficient time to find a replacement.