Danny Drinkwater arrives in Istanbul to seal Chelsea loan exit
Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater has arrived in Turkey to seal a six-month loan transfer to Kasimpasa.
The 30-year-old failed to seal his departure from Stamford Bridge during the summer and has spent the first half of the season playing for the Chelsea Under-23s, making headlines for getting involved in a scuffle with 16-year-old Tottenham midfielder Alfie. Guess.
Chelsea are eager to avoid paying Drinkwater’s full £ 100,000 a week salary for the remainder of the season and have worked tirelessly to find a new home for the Englishman, and it looks like he may have some. -be found one in Turkey.
As first noted Will unwin, Drinkwater was given a special dispensation to leave the UK and fly to Turkey, and he arrived in Istanbul to finalize his move to Kasimpasa.
Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella adds Chelsea were left with no choice but to agree to pay a portion of Drinkwater’s high wages to secure the deal on the line, in hopes he will prove he can still make an impact in a high level team.
The two parties have done business with each other in the past. Chelsea sent Nigerian center-back Kenneth Omeruo on two separate loans to the Turkish side, first in 2015/16 and again in 2017/18, and his form in Turkey earned Leganes a permanent transfer in August 2019.
Chelsea are making an active effort to try and reduce the number of players on their books, with FIFA’s new loan rules intended to drastically reduce the number of players allowed on loan.
The Blues started offloading unwanted players this summer and continued their mission this month. Lucas Piazon has been definitively shipped to Braga, and other loans may end up sold before the window closes.
Left-back Baba Rahman is in talks on a six-month loan to prove his fitness ahead of a permanent outing this summer, while Chelsea are also open to the expedition of Marcos Alonso and Kepa Arrizabalaga to try to raise funds.
There is no urgent need to raise funds, although Chelsea hope to be big players in the summer transfer window, with West Ham’s Declan Rice as the main target.
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