Good to see you again, Danny lad.
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Per the report, United will offer over $39 million for Drinkwater in January as the 26-year-old midfielder could be the answer to their issues in central midfield with Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba not gelling or finding the right defensive balance for Jose Mourinho’s side.
United sold Drinkwater to Leicester in 2012 for $1 million — yes, I’m thinking about the Paul Pogba deal too — so this deal would represent magnificent business for the Foxes.
That said, Claudio Ranieri has already sold Drinkwater’s former partner in crime, N'Golo Kante, over the summer so ripping out the heart and soul of his title-winning midfield would not be favorable for the Italian manager.
Taking Drinkwater’s allegiance to United into account, it’s not unreasonable to think that he wouldn’t want to move back to Old Trafford. After all, he’s a United fan and came up through the club’s academy system but failed to play in a single first team game under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The reports says that although Drinkwater will be reluctant to leave Leicester (with UEFA Champions League action this season and becoming a fans favorite at the King Power Stadium) after signing a new five-year contract worth $120,000 per week this summer, he would be in line to earn over $190,000 a week at United and, of course, get the chance to return home to the club he loves.
Like Pogba, there may be a feeling of unfinished business for Drinkwater and if there’s a realistic chance he will play a pivotal role and be a regular for United then it would be tough for him to turn that down.