Manchester United’s January plans to bring in Danny Drinkwater may have already been scuppered, with Leicester warning the player isn’t for sale.
The Sun have revealed that Claudio Ranieri has now taken preemptive action to ward off old rival Jose Mourinho, insisting:
“He [Drinkwater] has signed a new contract, he doesn’t have a [release] clause. If he wants to go to Man U, OK, but we want to keep him.”
Drinkwater could have been the perfect solution to United’s midfield conundrum, as Mourinho could do with a hard-working central midfielder, particularly one more skilful than Marouane Fellaini.
A pairing of Paul Pogba and Drinkwater would have seen the two balance each other out, too, but it looks like it’s not going to happen, even if United bid £30million as reported.
Selling Drinkwater would be disastrous for the Foxes, who are already missing N’Golo Kante in central midfield. Daniel Amartey has filled that void to some extent, but they don’t look half the team they were last season when they won the title.
Given that Drinkwater has signed a new deal at the club, United may have to start considering other options, as it seems there’s no way Leicester are going to relent.