Chelsea may be forced to continue to pay a percentage of midfielder Danny Drinkwater’s bumper wages in order to ensure that he secures a loan deal elsewhere before the transfer deadline, according to a report published by Standard Sport.
Drinkwater was frozen out under Maurizio Sarri, with the Italian not seeing anything in the former Leicester City man which would be able to add to his midfield. It doesn’t look as though anything will be changing under Frank Lampard’s stewardship.
Lampard opted against including Drinkwater for the Blues’ final two pre-season friendlies, which casted major doubt over his future with the Blues. Standard Sport believe he could be on his way, but Chelsea will have to be open to negotiate.
The report claims that, while there is Premier League interest in Drinkwater, it’s unlikely the interested parties would be prepared to pay his £100K-a-week wages. As a result, Chelsea may have no choice but to chip in while he’s away.
While it’s certainly not ideal to have a player who is contributing nothing on our payroll, that’s exactly what we had last season in Drinkwater. At least this way we will have another club paying their share of his (insanely high) pay.