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Arsenal have agreed a fee with Leicester City over the transfer of Danny Drinkwater.
The Blues have been trying to tie up a deal for the England international for quite sometime and they now appear close to finalizing a move.
Drinkwater who was quickly identified by Antonio Conte as a replacement for Nemanja Matic who joined Manchester United last month is said to be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.
Following the Serbian ‘s exit, Chelsea launcheda £15m bid for Drinkwater, which was turned down by the Foxes, who subsequently demanded around £40m.
However, the player’s desire to move to Stamford Bridge has forced his club to now agree a lesser fee with Chelsea.
According to French publication SFR France via a popular Chelsea fanblog We ain’t got no history, Leicester and Chelsea have agreed a €30m fee for the midfielder.
Drinkwater will now compete with N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko for a spot in Chelsea’s first team.
The midfielder will follow Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain who is also on the verge of completing a move to Chelsea from Arsenal as Chelsea’s new signings.
Conte and Abramovich are keen to build a strong core of English players and Drinkwater will go a long way in boosting the club’s homegrown quota.
Chelsea fans have been divided by the impending arrival of Drinkwater but looking back at how crucial he was to Leicester’s title triumph two seasons ago, I believe the Blues are getting a decent player.