Among those expected transfers was the sale of Danny Drinkwater, who has requested a transfer, to Chelsea. Matt Law, of the Telegraph, tweeted earlier that Chelsea had made an improved offer and were hopeful a deal could be done.
Chelsea closing in on a deal for Drinkwater. Confidence now that deal will be done, although Chelsea will have to increase 3rd bid a bit— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) August 31, 2017
The only holdup had been that the Foxes were waiting until they had a replacement lined up before they were willing to sell.
That could be settled, however, with the return of a familiar name from this time last year. Adrien Silva, a Portuguese international playing for Sporting Lisbon, was lined up join, but his club were unwilling to allow both Silva and Slimani to leave together.
John Percy believes that the Silva deal could be back on. It’s worth noting here that Percy was consistently correct on the details of the drawn out Iheanacho deal, so he can certainly be trusted.
As he says, there’s still work to be done, and not much time left before the window closes, but both Leicester and Chelsea seem confident that their deals can be done in time.
As far as the deal itself, it could be good for us. Silva is a great player and is expected to cost less than Drinkwater. A swap would be fair, and to make money on it is a bonus. Drinkwater is a known, however, and there’s always risk in moving away from that.
We’ll all be sad to see Drinky go after everything he’s been through with the club, but he seems intent on leaving, so this might be what’s best for the team.