Drinkwater hands in transfer request – Chelsea make bid Danny Drinkwater has requested a transfer from Leicester amid growing speculation that Chelsea want to sign him. Drinkwater was a key part of Leicester’s title winning campaign of 2015/16 where he formed a formidable partnership with N’golo Kante in center midfield. Drinkwater is keen to link up with Kante once again but any deal is far from completion with Leicester being under no pressure to sell. Chelsea and Leicester are still some way apart in their valuation for the player and Leicester are under no pressure to lower their valuation as Drinkwater still has 3 years left on his contract. Chelsea have had a first offer of £23M rejected with Leicester wanting in the region of £35M. However as the hours tick closer to the transfer deadline it will be Chelsea having to up their bid rather than Leicester lowering their valuation.