Chelsea fans had their concerns after the Community Shield but nobody could have predicted their Burnley demise.
The game pivoted on the early dismissal of Gary Cahill before the wheels came off before halftime. Stephen Ward’s angled strike and a brace from Sam Vokes ensured the champions entered the break 3-0 down.
Alvaro Morata and David Luiz did save some dignity for the home side but a red card for Cesc Fabregas helped Burnley over the line.
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It’s the biggest evidence yet that Antonio Conte was right to be concerned by Chelsea’s transfer business. This in spite of nearly £150 million being forked out on Morata, Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer.
Nevertheless, even with Eden Hazard still to return, there’s now a compelling argument that a few more signings could be necessary.
You only need to look at the 2015-16 campaign to see the danger of not improving when at the top. Sorry, Jose.
But that is, of course, easier said than done. The transfer window is less than three weeks away from completion and Conte will have to act quickly to bolster his squad.
However, the Italian might already have a player in mind and is plotting a second bid in the coming days.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Chelsea are preparing a £25 million offer for Danny Drinkwater. The news arrives mere days after Leicester City turned down an initial bid of £15 million.
The fact Chelsea are being linked with the Englishman has divided opinion and it’s difficult to see him rivaling Bakayoko and N’Golo Kante in midfield.
Nevertheless, the 27-year-old is a Premier League winner and it’s difficult to see him turning down the reigning champions. Leicester’s bullish performance at Arsenal too, without Drinkwater, may see them appetised by the second offer.
What is for sure, though, is that their quest for the midfielder will be encouraged after two defeats to start the season. In this summer’s window, you can’t exactly sniff at a solution as potentially ‘cheap’ as £27 million.
Drinkwater would also do wonders for Chelsea’s homegrown quota with the Blues fielding just one Englishman against Burnley.
However, there are fears that Leicester could hold out for as much as £40 million in light of the deal struck for Nemanja Matic earlier in the summer.
If that is the case, it would see the bizarre deal with Manchester United come back to bite yet again. Topping Liverpool’s transfer record for Drinkwater wouldn’t exactly win over the already booing fans.
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