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Barcelona have confirmed their Brazilian superstar wants to leave the Nou Camp this summer.
Neymar was given permission by the Catalan giants to miss training on Wednesday after he said his goodbyes to fellow teammates at their base.
Talks between the Brazilian’s agent and PSG have reached an advanced stage as the Ligue 1 side plan to tigger Neymar’s stunning £196 million release clause.
Barcelona have released a statement that reads: “Before the morning session began, Neymar informed those present of his wish to leave the club and was therefore given permission to miss training and resolve his future.”
The selling club have already lined up a replacement for their attacker in Philippe Coutinho as they prepare to smack down a sensational £89 million offer for the Liverpool playmaker.
However, the Premier League side have stated their intent not to sale their main man to keep him at Anfield this summer.
Rumours have started to circulate around the future of Danny Drinkwater after Chelsea declared interest in Leicester City midfielder.
He is on a list of several midfield targets wanted by Antonio Conte this summer, such as Renato Sanches and Ross Barkley.
But what would the Foxes’ ace bring to the champions to help them defend their Premier League crown in the 2017/18 campaign.
Winning Partnership with Kante
The successful midfield partnership that helped guide Leicester City to their first-ever top-flight league title in 2015/16.
After conceding 36 goals on route to Premier League glory both were targets for big clubs across England, but it was N’Golo Kante who moved on from the King Power Stadium with a £32 million move to Stamford Bridge.
If the Englishman were to move to Chelsea he’d once again play alongside his former Foxes teammate in helping defend the champions’ crown in 2017/18.
Only difference will be both players coping in the 3-4-3 formation that saw Chelsea lift the league title in May. Certainly a new challenge for Drinkwater to test his cardinals.
Similarities to Nemanja Matic, Drinkwater will bring a die hard attitude to the midfield and allow the creative players to push up with the attackers.
He won’t be afraid to stick a foot in where it hurts to stop the opposition on counter-attack after averaging 2.9 tackles per game last season.
Drinkwater shall certainly bring solidarity to the midfield, but could he repeat the league-winning-form of 2015/16 for Chelsea.
Long Ball Game
When necessary Drinkwater won’t be afraid to try the long-ball to behind the opposition back line.
The chemistry between Drinkwater and Jamie Vardy during Leicester City’s title-winning campaign was a pivotal part to the club’s success as he referred to the method on average 3.5 times per game.
Will it work at Chelsea with the likes of Alvaro Morata and Batshyaui in the attacking-third. Certainly be interesting to find out as both will have to work on playing the offside trap.
Chelsea are interested in signing 27-year-old Leicester City midfielder, Danny Drinkwater. Continue reading
Barcelona have increased their pursuit to sign Brazilian playmaker, Philippe Coutinho as they prepare an irresistible bid.