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Drinkwater asks to leave Leicester amid Chelsea bids

01 September 2017

Drinkwater signed a new four-year contract with Leicester only last summer but Antonio Conte is believed to be quite impressed with his performances, and has identified him as an ideal addition for midfield.

The England global has already been subject to failed bids by the reigning Premier League champions, but it is thought that a bid of £40m would clinch the deal.

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The England worldwide has kept mum on Antonio Conte's rumoured interest in bringing him to Stamford Bridge, but any doubt as to his desires was removed when he handed in a transfer request last evening.

Chelsea are aiming to defend their Premier League title this season as well as make their mark in the Champions League after having missed out on a place in Europa altogether last season. Drinkwater's performances lacked conviction and he was merely average on several occasions.

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The 27-year-old midfielder was a key part of the Leicester's Premier League-winning side in 2015-16, alongside N'Golo Kante, who has been a big hit since arriving at Chelsea.

Drinkwater has been ready to move to Chelsea and it appears the midfielder will now get his wish, as a deal is on the cards.

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Chelsea were ideally hoping to send Kenedy out on loan but Conte was only keen to let him go if the club could secure a replacement.

Drinkwater asks to leave Leicester amid Chelsea bids