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Chelsea hope to shave £10m off the Foxes’ £40m valuation on Drinkwater

Chelsea and Leicester City are £10million apart over the signing of Danny Drinkwater.

The Premier League champions have offered a deal worth £30million for the England international midfielder and Leicester are pushing to get their £40m valuation.

The clubs held talks last Friday and discussions are ongoing with 27-year-old Drinkwater keen to move to Stamford Bridge.

Manager Craig Shakespeare, who is also braced for late offers on Riyad Mahrez, said: ‘I’ve read the speculation the same as you but until we get the bids accepted, there’s no difference for me.

‘We carry on with them. All the time we’re talking about the speculation. We’ll carry on as normal until I’m told otherwise.

‘I’ve said that your worst fear is that an acceptable bid comes in, but if it does, we have to deal with it. Until it does, we have no decision to make.’

Chelsea remain keen to add four new players before the end of the month.

Bids are likely for Everton’s Ross Barkley and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain at Arsenal. There is also interest in Cedric Soares at Southampton with Tottenham ready to sign Serge Aurier from Paris St Germain, depending on his court case.

Michy Batshauyi plans to stay at Chelsea though Monaco and Marseille are among the clubs to enquire about taking Diego Costa on loan.

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