Chelsea stars grow anxious over club's summer transfer activity

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

Ward has been at Burnley for three years and last season was one of the club's outstanding players as they retained their top-flight status. What they should be thinking now is: 'Relax, we've got two games until the transfer window is finished'.

While the side's goal average remains at 1.9 a match, irrespective of whether Fabregas starts or not, the average number of goals conceded drops from 1.2 a match to 0.8 when he is absent. Bad things happen to Chelsea managers who don't win things, and do we really need to see another defending Premier League champion manager get fired?

But the record is different looking at his starts, Chelsea losing only six of the 35 (65.7%) in which he did not play from the off.

Chelsea have already signed four players so far this summer but the west London side continue to be linked with a number of other names.

The Blues stormed to a first Premier League title under Antonio Conte in his debut year in English football but the club have endured another frustrating transfer window, which has drawn comparisons to Mourinho's most recent spell at the club.

Chelsea will make a second offer of around £25 million for Drinkwater after having an initial £15m bid rejected by Leicester.

The task of organising the Chelsea gears of war on the pitch was long the responsibility of John Terry.

But Juventus have so far held firm in the determination to keep left-back Alex Sandro, despite Chelsea expressing a willingness to pay £60m for the Brazilian.

David Luiz and Andreas Christensen are the two most likely players to slot into midfield, although Charly Musonda is a distant candidate.

They are willing to pay more than £50m for Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

Drinkwater joined the Foxes in 2012 and he signed a five-year contract with the club last summer, following the club's fantastic Premier League title success.

Chelsea have always been linked with moves for both Chamberlain and Drinkwater.



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