Chelsea eye Leicester's Drinkwater as Matic replacement

Nemanja Matic's possible move to Chelsea is being facilitated by Roman Abramovich

Nemanja Matic's possible move to Chelsea is being facilitated by Roman Abramovich

Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater has emerged as a transfer target for Premier League champions Chelsea, according to Sky Sports, as they seek a replacement for Nemanja Matic, who completed a £40 million move to rivals Manchester United on Monday.

The ex-Manchester United youth product had apparently been eager on joining Chelsea a year ago, but was convinced to remain in the Midlands for another season by then boss Claudio Ranieri.

Chelsea have been interested to sign Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

Leicester are firm with their stance that Drinkwater - who only signed a new four-year contract at the club in 2016 - is not for sale, however.

The sales of both Matic and Nathaniel Chalobah have left the Premier League champions short of options in the middle of the park, despite the arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco.

Leicester are not keen on selling a key player so close to the start of the 2017/18 campaign though, and manager Craig Shakespeare would expect a sizeable fee to be offered before allowing Drinkwater to hold discussions with Chelsea's representatives.

The Italian tactician believes his squad is still short of the depth it needs this season, with the Blues back in the Champions League after winning the title last term, when their lack of European football meant they could play the same starting line up nearly every week.

Apart from Drinkwater, the Blues are also reportedly targeting Everton's Ross Barkley and Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to strengthen the squad.

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