Danny Drinkwater is in Turkey, Istanbul to seal a loan move to Turkish Super Lig outfit Kasimpasa – and Chelsea will subsidise the midfielder’s salary to help complete the deal.
The 30-year-old Englishman has spent several months in the west London outfit’s Under-23s squad after failing to find a move last year.
Super Lig has been targeted as a place for the £35 million acquisition from Leicester Coty to rehabilitate his career, having played just seven senior matches in the last two and a half campaigns.
The star has eighteen months left on his deal and it is looking increasingly unlikely that Frank Lampard’s side can recoup much of the sum paid in 2017.
Chelsea are on a wider mission to trim down their roster and offload players this month, with loanees being sold and a few of senior team squad on the market.
Fikayo Tomori remains a target for the Serie A side AC Milan after they moved away from their strong interest in Strasbourg’s Mohamed Simakan to target the Englishman.
The Rossoneri have now asked for a £26 million option to buy as part of the deal, but Frank is reluctant to sell him who he had on loan at Derby County.
Chelsea have released Charlie Brown and Lucas Piazon from the loan group to permanently sign for Braga and MK Dons respectively, and are looking for solutions for other stars outside the first-team picture.
They could loan out Kepa Arrizabalaga or Marcos Alonso, but their high salaries have led to little interest from cash-strapped sides in the COVID-19 pandemic.