Chelsea tells Leicester: We are ready to pay £30m for this player

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Chelsea have informed Leicester City that they are willing to hand over up to £30m for midfielder Danny Drinkwater, according to a report.

The Blues are understood to have recently reignited their interest in the England international, 12 months after initially being linked with a move.

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Antonio Conte is said to be keen to bolster his midfield ranks following the loss of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United, with Drinkwater – a key member of City’s title-winning side of 2015-16 – among those being seriously considered.

It is claimed by The Sun that reigning champions Chelsea will not be held to ransom by Leicester, however, valuing the 27-year-old no higher than £30m, which is £2m less than they paid for former teammate N’Golo Kante last summer.

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Drinkwater, under contract at the King Power Stadium until 2021, has made 87 appearances for City since joining from Manchester United in 2012.

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