Danny Drinkwater gets closer to Chelsea’s last outing
Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater has reportedly agreed to join Turkish club Kasimpasa on loan until the end of the season.
A signing of £ 35million in 2017, Drinkwater has not played for Chelsea since the 2018/19 Community Shield and failed to impress during loan periods with Burnley and Aston Villa.
Chelsea couldn’t find anyone to sign Drinkwater over the summer, leaving the 30-year-old stranded in reserves. His stock took another heavy blow when he struck 16-year-old Tottenham midfielder Alfie Devine in the head and was sent off for starting a scuffle.
The Blues are expected to focus on offloading players during the January transfer window, and unsurprisingly, Drinkwater is almost at the top of the list.
According to beIN Sports Turkey, a six-month loan to Kasimpasa has already been granted.
This report was then picked up by the Daily Mail, which is not yet committed to the idea of a concluded agreement. Instead, the belief is that Chelsea are pushing for the deal to go through and that Drinkwater is still considering their options.
Chelsea know they stand to make a huge loss on Drinkwater, but the hope is that they can at least recoup some of their £ 35million investment before his contract expires in 18 months.
After saying all that, Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella dismissed the idea of an imminent exit for Drinkwater, insisting that Chelsea’s outcast most likely to leave is Brazilian Lucas Piazon.
The 26-year-old winger is Chelsea’s longest-serving player, having joined the club in 2012, but has been on loan seven times. His last stint was with Portugal’s Rio Ave team, but that deal was reportedly terminated six months earlier.
Piazon still has six months on his contract, and although Chelsea have the option of extending it for another year, they are expected to offload him permanently this month. Tuttomercatoweb names Bordeaux, Norwich City and Stoke City as the three main contenders.
Left-back Baba Rahman is also in talks about his own six-month loan with two foreign clubs, with Chelsea hoping to see the Ghanaian prove his fitness ahead of a permanent summer out.
The 26-year-old only managed three senior appearances last season on loan with Mallorca, where he suffered a serious knee injury at the start of the campaign that has plagued him since.
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