Antonio Conte has intensified efforts to add new players to his team with a £75 million double swoop for Daniel Drinkwater and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.
Chamberlain has told Arsenal he wants to leave after refusing a new deal worth £180,000 per week to remain at the Emirates.
The Gunners had been in negotiations with his representatives from the end of last season, but Arsenal was offering as little as £125,000 per week until the new season. But when Chamberlain told them he was not signing a new deal they made a significant offer believed to be £180,000 per week, but it is a little too late.
Drinkwater helped Leicester City win the Premier League two seasons ago and Conte wants him to provide a backup option for both N’Golo Kante and new boy Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The Gunners have reportedly agreed to sell Chamberlain for £35 million while Drinkwater who still has 3 years left on his current deal would cost £40 million.
Conte would be delighted if he can complete these two deals after he cried that he cannot win the Premier League title with just 12 players.
The Blues are also interested in signing Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk and are monitoring him should the Saints finally agree to sell him, although they face huge competition from Liverpool.