Speaking on SFR Sport, Chelsea midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko discussed the arrival of Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City.
“Competition only makes you better. I am not scared of anyone. I think that there were not enough of us in midfield, especially with all the competitions we will be playing in, so we needed another midfielder to reinforce the team, so it is a very good thing that he is coming, that he is joining us.”
The Blues are looking to push through a deal for the Leicester midfielder prior to the deadline and further arrivals will be embraced in west London.
Tiemoue Bakayoko insists “Danny Drinkwater doesn’t scare me” as Chelsea try to push through a late deal for the Leicester midfielder.
A £35 million offer for Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has now been accepted, but he could be joined by further midfield additions.
England international Drinkwater is another top target, but his presence in west London would be embraced rather than feared by a man already snapped up for £40 million this summer.
Bakayoko, who joined the Blues in a big-money move from Monaco, told SFR Sport: “Danny Drinkwater doesn’t scare me.
“It’s the competition. It’s good, I think every team needs that. It makes you improve”.
Antonio Conte has been vocal in his calls for fresh faces before the summer window closes, with Chelsea short on senior numbers.
He has regularly expressed a desire to get bodies on board, having already landed Bakayoko, Alvaro Morata and Antonio Rudiger.
That movement is now coming, with Chelsea looking to ensure that they are well placed to handle the demands of competition on multiple fronts this season.
Last season’s title success has them back in the Champions League, while a positive start to the defence of their domestic crown has been made following a shock defeat to Burnley on the opening weekend.
Drinkwater knows what it takes to get his hands on that piece of silverware, having helped Leicester to their remarkable triumph in 2015-16.
If he is to make his way to Stamford Bridge then he will be reunited with a familiar face from that title success, with N’Golo Kante having made a similar switch last summer.
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Rumour: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Stalls Chelsea Move in Hopes of Liverpool Bid
Chelsea and Arsenal are reported to have agreed a fee of around £35M to transfer 24-year-old winger and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from The Emirates to Stamford Bridge, but the player is holding up the completion of any deal in the hopes of a late Liverpool bid for him.
Liverpool’s interest in the player has cooled in recent days as the club instead have decided to push to sign Monaco’s 21-year-old Thomas Lemar, a player who would fill a similar role as Oxlade-Chamberlain in Jürgen Klopp’s system, but if that deal cannot be done they could return for the Arsenal player.
Or at least they could if he doesn’t complete his Chelsea move first. And they may have to, with a smattering of reports suggesting Monaco have rejected Liverpool’s second offer, made earlier today, of around €70M for Lemar—their first came earlier in the summer, a proposed €55M deal.
However, some reports out of France claim that despite Monaco claiming they don’t want to lose the player, they are simply looking to start a bidding war, perhaps tempting Arsenal to return for the player. Liverpool could also potentially tempt the French side by sending Divock Origi in the other direction.
Either way, with only three days left in the window, the futures of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lemar should be decided in relatively short order.