It’s been a desperate year in West London for Drinkwater, who signed for the Blues last summer. With just 22 appearances under his belt, new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri decreed the player no longer required.
The message was rammed home when he omitted Drinkwater from the Chelsea squad for last weekend’s trip to Huddersfield Town.
Warning bells sounded when the club snatched Italy international Jorginho from under the noses of Manchester City earlier this summer. The arrival of Mateo Kovacic as part of the deal which took Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid added another obstacle to his path.
Current England tyro Ruben Loftus-Cheek is struggling to find match-time and is set to depart on loan once again, highlighting the competition for places in Chelsea’s midfield.
The Bundesliga outfit are looking at the Premier League’s misfits for their shopping, having also expressed an interest in Tottenham defender Danny Rose.
However, a limited budget means that the Gelsenkirchen-based club are struggling to convince Tottenham to sell. They hope to have more success with Drinkwater whose future last summer was resolved as the clock ran down on transfer deadline day.