With just two more weeks to go until the summer transfer window closes, Antonio Conte is rapidly running out of time to strengthen his Chelsea squad.
So far, Conte has brought four fresh faces through the doors at Stamford Bridge but the need for further reinforcements was there for all to see during their shock opening day defeat to Burnley at home on Saturday.
The champions have been halted in their pursuit to sign Alex Sandro, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virgil van Dijk - suggesting Conte will be unable to improve the depth of squad quite as much as he would like.
Some progress has been made regarding the potential addition of Danny Drinkwater, though.
After the controversial departure of Nemanja Matic, Conte has identified Drinkwater as a potential replacement, a move which would reunite him with N'Golo Kante.
A bid believed to be worth £15 million for the 27-year-old, who was part of the Premier League-winning Leicester team in 2016, has already been made and rejected.
According to The Times, Chelsea will make a second offer in the region of £25m but are likely to receive a similar response from the Foxes.
That's because Craig Shakespeare and the Leicester hierarchy have reportedly told Chelsea it will require £40m for them to sell their midfield lynchpin.
It is the same fee the Blues recently received for the sale of Matic, however, there might actually be some logic behind the madness.
Two years younger than the Serbian and someone who classifies as a home-grown player in the Premier League and Champions League, Drinkwater's value is naturally inflated higher than what it would be for a foreign player.
Nevertheless, it would still be a big surprise to see Chelsea match Leicester's price tag.
It could all boil down to just how desperate the defending Premier League champions are to sign a potentially very useful player, but certainly not one likely to be a guaranteed starter.
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