Chelsea could let their English midfielder Danny Drinkwater depart the club in the summer. According to recent reports, the Blues of London are considering parting ways with the England international when the transfer window opens in the summer. It is believed that the West Ham United are ready to pay a fee in the region of £30m for his signature in the summer as Chelsea might consider shipping him out if the right offer comes in for the player.
Drinkwater has struggled to play regularly for the Blues this season and has been a sporadic feature in Conte’s first-team. The English talent has made 22 appearances for the West London outfit this season, scoring one goal in all competitions. He signed for the Blues last summer from Leicester City and some sources are now claiming that Drinkwater could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge in search of greener pastures next season.
The former Leicester City player also has three international caps for the England national team but could miss out on this year’s FIFA World Cup, which kicks off in Russia, due to his lack of game time during the course of this campaign.
The Blues of London have a healthy tally of 66 points after 36 gameweeks in the English top-flight and currently find themselves in the 5th position in the league rankings. Antonio Conte’s side still have a slim chance of finishing in the top 4 but their hopes mostly depend upon other results going their way. Chelsea could undoubtedly benefit from bringing in a few quality players during the summer transfer period and use the money generated from Drinkwater’s sale to strengthen other areas of their squad.
The addition of Drinkwater will definitely bolster David Moyes’ midfield options ahead of the new season. The Hammers have the likes of Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Michail Antonio and Joao Mario vying for a place in Moyes’ starting eleven. The potential acquisition of Drinkwater will definitely add more competition for places and improve their squad significantly in the off-season.
Drinkwater is quite versatile and can operate in central midfield or down the right flank which makes him a perfect fit for the Hammers. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of Drinkwater and whether Chelsea ends up selling him to West Ham in the near future.