Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater has sort to leave the club amid interest from Chelsea.
The midfielder who joined Leicester in 2012 from Manchester United and has won three England cups since making his international debut in March 2016 has handed in his transfer request.
Leicester have previously stated they do not wish to lose Drinkwater, 27, who was an integral part of the Foxes’ title-winning squad in 2016 but Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants a replacement for Nemanja Matic.
The England midfielder is understood to want to move to Stamford Bridge but the West London club have failed to meet Leicester’s valuation so far, with a fee of £25m having been discussed.
Sources have it that Leicester is reluctant to sell Drinkwater because of the difficulty they would have in finding a suitable replacement at short notice.
Chelsea sold Nemanja Matic to Manchester United – something Conte was reportedly not on board with – and Drinkwater has been highlighted as a possible replacement for the Serb.