Chelsea have completed the signing of Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater in a deal believed to be worth around £35 million according to The Blues’ official website.
The 27-year-old Manchester born midfielder was desperate to join The Blues after requesting to leave Leicester City and a deal was finally completed within the two-hour dispensation window following the 11pm deadline.
Drinkwater has signed a five-year deal with Chelsea who ironically face the player’s former club at The King Power Stadium in their next English Premier League match on 9 September.
Chelsea are thought to have stepped up their interest in Drinkwater on Transfer Deadline Day after Everton midfielder Ross Barkley rejected a move to Stamford Bridge despite travelling to the club’s Cobham training facility to complete a deal.
Drinkwater joined Leicester City from Manchester United in January 2012 and the player has gone on to make 218 appearances for The Foxes, scoring 14 goals. The midfielder was instrumental in the club’s shock English Premier League title success in 2015/2016 while he was rewarded with his first full international call-up to the England squad in March 2016.
The player is very much in the peak of his career and the move to Chelsea will allow Drinkwater to play at the very top level with the club’s UEFA Champions League adventure set to start in the coming weeks.