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Chelsea consider making a late swoop for two Leicester stars

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Chelsea sent a firm message to their critics with such a stubborn performance and result against Tottenham on Sunday.

Manager Antonio Conte found himself under some pressure following the opening day defeat to Burnley but his makeshift side responded in the best possible way with the 2-1 win at Wembley.

Such is the Italian's lack of squad depth currently, defender David Luiz was forced to play in midfield and to his credit, put in a more than decent display.

Conte's problems haven't disappeared overnight, though, and the need for reinforcements to be brought in before the window closes next week remains a priority.

Among the players at the top of Conte's wish-list is Danny Drinkwater.

Leicester responded to the Blues' ambitious opening bid of £15 million with a £40m valuation but it is now believed the two parties are working on a deal potentially worth £30 million.

However, that isn't the only Foxes player Conte is eyeing up a late move for.

According to The Mirror, the former Italy boss would also like to add Jamie Vardy to boost his striking options.

West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City - Premier League

After falling out with currently exiled forward Diego Costa, Conte sees Vardy as an ideal, cost effective target to add balance alongside his current options of Michy Batshuayi and Alvaro Morata.

Now 30, Chelsea know the England international will not cost as much as some of his younger counterparts. That doesn't necessarily mean he will come cheaply, though, as his current deal at the King Power Stadium isn't set to expire until 2020.

And of course, it wasn't that long ago Vardy turned down a similarly lucrative move to Arsenal.

Arsenal v Leicester City - Premier League

But with Leicester not competing in the Champions League this time around, there's a chance Conte could use that to lure him to Stamford Bridge.

Vardy has started the season brightly, scoring once in each of the Foxes' opening two games.

He picked up an ankle injury during the win over Brighton on Saturday but manager Craig Shakespeare has confirmed Leicester's star striker has recovered in time to play some part in Tuesday's Carabao Cup second round tie against Sheffield United.

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