Sarri on the verge of signing midfielder to replace Drinkwater and Bakayoko

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Chelsea have opened talks with Inter Milan over a summer move for midfielder Matias Vecino as a replacement for Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Leicester have informed Chelsea that they would be willing to re-sign Danny Drinkwater – but only for £20 million ($26m), reports TEAMtalk.

The England man is expected to struggle for regular game-time under new boss Maurizio Sarri, especially after the Blues acquired Jorginho from Napoli.

Chelsea manager, Sarri, who replaced Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge this month, is keen on signing a centre-back, another midfielder and a striker before the August 9 deadline.

The report further claims that Vecino has emerged as Sarri’s primary target in midfield and Chelsea began talks over a deal this weekend.

It is claimed that Sarri has asked Chelsea’s board to secure a deal for Vecino, who is valued at £31million.

Sarri and Vecino worked with each other at Empoli and the manager views the midfielder as an upgrade on current midfield options: Bakayoko and Drinkwater.

Chelsea signed Bakayoko for £40million from Monaco last summer, and the Frenchman has struggled to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.



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