Drinkwater and Bakayoko cost Chelsea an eye-watering £43k per MINUTE as true price of flops is revealed

DANNY DRINKWATER and Tiemoue Bakayoko have cost Chelsea a staggering £43,000 per MINUTE.

The £75million flop pairing joined the club in the summer 2017 transfer window under Antonio Conte.

Drinkwater, 31, cost £35m from Leicester on deadline day while the Blues splashed out £40m on Bakayoko from Monaco.

But neither central midfielder has enjoyed any kind of success at Stamford Bridge.

And they were shipped out on yet more loans on Monday – Drinkwater to Reading and Bakayoko to AC Milan once again.

The three-cap Englishman's Chelsea contract expires next summer and will surely not be renewed meaning barring exceptional circumstances, he has played his last game for the club.

Bakayoko's deal runs out in 2024 but is not expected to wear the iconic blue jersey again.

It means their cost to the club has been calculated – and it makes pretty grim reading for Chelsea.



According to Transfermarkt stats, Drinkwater played a grand total of 1,181 minutes with all 22 competitive appearances – 12 of them starts – coming in the 2017-18 season, plus one Community Shield game in August 2018.

That did include draws with Arsenal and Barcelona and saw him grab an FA Cup winner's medal.

But the £35m transfer fee split across 1,181 minutes equates to a whopping £29,635 for every minute on the field.

And that is before taking into consideration his £120,000-per-week wages and any bonuses.

For Bakayoko, it is slightly better – but not much.

The 27-year-old France international managed 43 games in the same season, 34 starts, and racked up 3,070 minutes of playing time.

And, excluding his £110,000 weekly wages, that works out as a bargain £13,029 per minute from his £40m move.

It makes their combined cost £42,664 per minute or £711 per SECOND.

To top it off, Drinkwater and Bakayoko played together on the pitch as the same time for a paltry 436 minutes for Chelsea.

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