Chelsea have not followed-up rejected lowball offer for Drinkwater

Chelsea have not followed-up rejected lowball offer for Drinkwater

N'Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas are the only senior midfielders available, with summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko sidelined through injury.

Last week, Drinkwater, who signed a new lucrative four-year contract said to be worth £90,000-a-week in August last year, reportedly told Leicester he wanted to move to Stamford Bridge.

There have been widespread reports in the British media in recent days suggesting that the Blues are keen on luring the England global to Stamford Bridge following the sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United last week. We don't want to be a selling club. There are [big clubs with funds] but we're a club who don't need to sell, which is vitally important. The speculation is always going to be out there at this time of year.

"Every manager's nightmare is to lose a player in the last 24 hours or on the day of the window [closing] and you can't get a replacement in", said the Englishman. The former also has only 12 months remaining on his current deal and has asked for a move away from Goodison Park.

Drinkwater is now out of action with injury and was not involved in Leicester's Premier League opening-day defeat to Arsenal on Friday night.

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Riyad Mahrez, who has stated his desire to leave, is another Leicester player attracting interest, with Roma unsuccessful in a £32m bid and Arsene Wenger a fan.

The reigning Premier League champions will also be looking to bring in another three more players before the window closes.

Could these two be back together at Chelsea soon? However, Serie A rivals Inter Milan are understood to be unfazed from the price-tag and the club's director of football Walter Sabatini is believed to have made contact with Leicester over a move.

"The application from the players has been good as well and I think we have got the fitness into them".