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Chelsea have not followed-up rejected lowball offer for Drinkwater

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Melinda Barton | 13 August, 2017, 11:42

Chelsea have so far refused to follow up a £15million bid for Danny Drinkwater that was rejected by Leicester City earlier in the summer, according to reports. Drinkwater has been left in the dark over his future, but Chelsea are preparing a second offer that is likely to be worth over £25m for the 27-year-old.

The story also says that Drinkwater himself would be "interested" in a move to Stamford Bridge, but accepts that he would face competitive for a starting berth in the Blues' line-up.

With Lewis Baker heading to Middlesbrough on a season-long loan, as the Telegraph report, Conte is in desperate need for another midfielder and it's believed he will look to step up his pursuit of a top quality central midfielder with three weeks of the transfer window remaining.

It's somewhat surprising Drinkwater would want to go from an established starter with the Foxes to perhaps spending most of his time on the bench at Chelsea.

The 27-year-old played a major role in helping the Foxes win the title in 2015/16 while he's also been recognised at worldwide level after breaking in to the England national team set-up.

The Premier League champions considered trying to sign Drinkwater along with Kante last summer and have retained an interest ever since. The N'Golo Kante sized hole in the midfield is still haunting them, and another veteran's departure will only add to their woes. His passing range-specifically his ability to spring breaks with long balls over the top-maximised Leicester's pace.