Manager replies when asked if Chelsea are signing 27-year-old midfielder

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Such a strong interest in Danny Drinkwater comes as a result of Nemanja Matic's sale to Manchester United.

As per the Telegraph, Chelsea have already seen a £15M bid turned down for the England worldwide, but are expected to raise their offer to £25M in hope of securing a deal. 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. We don't want to be a selling club I think we've got owners who want to keep their best players.

"You know when you have good players that there might be interest in them from other clubs but I wouldn't sleep at night if all the scenarios that you (the media) put to me happened".

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.

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Chelsea are in desperate need of reinforcements and have just 14 experienced players in their squad for the start of the Premier League season. The former also has only 12 months remaining on his current deal and has asked for a move away from Goodison Park.

Drinkwater will miss Leicester's first game of the season against Arsenal at the Emirates with a thigh injury but Riyad Mahrez could feature on Friday (11 August).

However, Leicester aren't ready to let Drinkwater leave without a fight and the Evening Standard suggest it will take an offer of at least £30m to persuade them to cash-in this summer.

But he is interested in a move to the Premier League champions and BetStars have slashed their odds on the transfer happening. However, Serie A rivals Inter Milan are understood to be unfazed from the price-tag and the club's director of football Walter Sabatini is believed to have made contact with Leicester over a move.

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