News today in the Mail that Chelsea will allow Danny Drinkwater to leave the club this summer after only one season at the Stamford Bridge club.
Drinkwater couldn’t make the breakthrough in the first team and started only five Premier League games at Chelsea.
But he is an experienced Premier League player with three England caps and was part of the Leicester City side who won the Premier League in the 2015-2016 season when he played 37 times for the Foxes.
Chelsea paid a whopping £35M for him last summer but would be willing to take a loss on that to move him to another club this summer.
28-year-old Danny Drinkwater – available from Chelsea
He is also available for loan and if Rafa Benitez rates the 28-year-old, he could bring him in on loan as a much cheaper alternative.
One complication with that could be that Rafa is interested in two other younger Chelsea players, winger Robert Kenedy and striker Tammy Abraham, and they would be the priority loan signing from Chelsea.
Clubs are only allowed to have one loan player from another Premier League club.
Drinkwater would add some experience to the side that Rafa had craved last season.
This all depends on whether Rafa sees Drinkwater as a player who could strengthen the Newcastle first team and we don’t know the answer to that.
Our two most experienced Premier League players – Shelvey and Diame – are currently playing well in central midfield for the side, and they have both been outstanding this year.
But it is a way to get good experience into the squad for a loan fee for Drinkwater plus paying his wages, which are likely to be high.
What do you think?