Chelsea have finally completed a deal for Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater as the English midfielder has put pen to paper on a five-year deal.
Having pursued the 27 year-old for a number of weeks, Chelsea have finalised the deal with just minutes of the transfer window’s extension to spare, after agreeing a fee believed to be around £35 million with Leicester.
Drinkwater arrives as a fourth recognised central midfield option, joining Tiemoue Bakayoko, Cesc Fabregas and N’Golo Kante who he won the Premier League with just two years ago. The duo may well be reunited in the centre of Chelsea’s midfield for some of this season’s games and will undoubtedly work well together having played an integral role in that title win as the core of Claudio Ranieri’s team.
The Englishman will now hope to win his second Premier League title with Chelsea as he looks to help Antonio Conte’s side retain their Champions status. Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, Drinkwater revealed his delight to have made the move to Stamford Bridge:
Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo has paid tribute to Drinkwater’s Premier League experience and ability while welcoming the midfielder to the club:
“Danny is not only a Premier League winner but also has Champions League experience which will be invaluable for us this season. He is a typically combative English midfielder with a cultured passing technique and his arrival significantly strengthens our midfield options.”