Chelsea are interested in signing Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater, according to Sky sources.

The England international is one of the midfielders the Premier League champions are looking at as a possible replacement for Nemanja Matic, who has been sold to Manchester United for £40m.

Chelsea have already bought Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco, but Blues manager Antonio Conte wants to sign another midfielder.

Former Leicester midfielder N'Golo Kante won the title again with Chelsea last season
Former Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante won the title again with Chelsea last season

The Italian has already asked Bayern Munich about signing Renato Sanches and Drinkwater is also on his list of targets.

However, Leicester are under no pressure to sell Drinkwater and he is not for sale, having signed a new four-year contract last summer.

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The 27-year-old was an integral part of the Leicester team that won the title in 2015-16 and his performances earned him a call-up to the England squad in March 2016.

N’Golo Kante, who partnered Drinkwater in that title-winning Leicester midfield, joined Chelsea last summer for £30m and has enjoyed great success at Stamford Bridge.

The Frenchman was a member of the Premier League-winning team for the second season in a row and won the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards.

Antonio Conte is keen to sign another midfielder
Antonio Conte is keen to sign another midfielder

Drinkwater aside, Chelsea’s other midfield targets include Everton’s Ross Barkley and Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.


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