Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Reportedly Preparing 2nd Danny Drinkwater Bid

Leicester's Danny Drinkwater applauds to the crowd after the Champions League Group G soccer match between Leicester City and Club Brugge in Leicester, England, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2015.(AP Photo/Rui Vieira))Rui Vieira/Associated Press

Chelsea will reportedly launch a second bid for Leicester City midfield playmaker Danny Drinkwater after previously having an offer of around £15 million rejected.

The Blues' second bid could total more than £25 million, according to Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph.

Law wrote Chelsea will make a second offer for Drinkwater as part of a plan to sign up to three players before this summer's transfer window closes on August 31.

Significantly, Law also noted how "Drinkwater is interested in a move to Chelsea, even though he may find himself behind N'Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas in head coach Antonio Conte's pecking order."

Drinkwater reportedly wants to join Kante at Chelsea.Drinkwater reportedly wants to join Kante at Chelsea.Tony Marshall/Getty Images

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. Still, the Blues could offer the 27-year-old greater wages, as well as another chance to play in the UEFA Champions League.

Drinkwater featured in Europe's premier club competition last season after helping Leicester win the 2015/16 Premier League title. The England international had a formidable partnership with Chelsea destroyer N'Golo Kante that season.

While Kante grabbed the plaudits, Drinkwater established himself as one of the more underrated players in England's top flight. His passing range—specifically his ability to spring breaks with long balls over the top—maximised Leicester's pace.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ross Barkley are said to be among Chelsea's other transfer targets.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ross Barkley are said to be among Chelsea's other transfer targets.Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

The Foxes are well aware of Drinkwater's value, as manager "Craig Shakespeare still rates the former Manchester United youngster highly," per Law, who also noted how Leicester could "demand the £40 million Chelsea received from Manchester United for Nemanja Matic."

That's a hefty fee, but it's one Chelsea may be prepared to pay, although Law did also credit the Premier League champions with interest in Everton's Ross Barkley, Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

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