Official: Chelsea Cough Up £35m For Leicester Midfielder Danny Drinkwater (Photos)

Alan Duffy

1st, September 2017


In one of the final deals of Deadline Day, Chelsea finally secured the services of Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater in a £35m five-year deal.

Chelsea had been tracking the midfielder all summer and with Nemanja Matic leaving for Manchester United, there was a real need to strengthen the Blues’ midfield.

The 27-year-old Drinkwater played a key role in Leicester’s incredible title success in 2015/16  but was eager to swap the King Power Stadium for Stamford Bridge and link up with former team-mate N’Golo Kanté.

Speaking about his move to west London, Drinkwater said:

I’m delighted to be a Chelsea player and can’t wait to get started.

It has been a long journey to get here but I am very happy and am looking forward to helping the club win more trophies.

With summer-signing Tiémoué Bakayoko, Cesc Fabregas, Kanté and Drinkwater, Antonio Conte now has plenty of options in central midfield ahead of a gruelling season which sees the Premier League champions fight on four fronts.

Drinkwater, who is yet to play this season due to a thigh injury, wasn’t the only Deadline Day signing for the Blues, with Torino full-back Davide Zappacosta (below) arriving on a four-year deal. Although the Blues did miss out on Fernando Llorente, who instead chose a move to Tottenham.

As for Leicester, they are expected to confirm the arrival of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Adrien Silva, for £22m, as Drinkwater’s replacement.

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  1. Bruno says:

    OK, let me understand this… they sold MATIC to United because he’s 29 years old for 40m and now they bought DRINKWATER, someone half as good as Matic, for almost the same amount and they have practically the same age… I think their transfer policy is handled by a trainee or a dog or something.

  2. grat says:

    Dog like names would definitely identify another dog I guess Bruno is it? Defiantly not a mars

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