Chelsea are still in pursuit of West Ham’s Declan Rice, but their local rivals aren’t willing to give up their prized asset for cheap.
According to The Guardian, the Irons will reject any effort made by Chelsea to table a swap deal for Rice’s signature. The Blues were originally hoping to knock down his hefty asking price by offering Michy Batshuayi and Ross Barkley as part of a player-plus-cash transfer. However, West Ham aren’t interested in trading personnel and strictly want the cash should a deal go through.
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Frank Lampard has already welcomed new recruits Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, plus talks with Kai Havertz are accelerating. The club have already acknowledged their struggles in defence and have eyed Rice as an ideal addition to the squad.
The 21-year-old can play in both midfield and in the heart of the back four which will provide crucial cover for Chelsea moving forwards. However, his attacking stats leave a lot to be desired, with just three goals across his career so far (via Transfermarkt).
If they want to push forwards with a deal for Rice, West Ham won’t accept anything less than £65million. According to ESPN, Roman Abramovich has given Lampard a £120million spending budget, not including what has already been spent this summer.
Chelsea could definitely afford to splash the cash on a move for the England international, particularly if they team him up with best friend Mason Mount in midfield. Rice has even told the Hammers that he desires a move to Stamford Bridge, now he must wait to see if Chelsea grant his wish.
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