Chelsea’s extravagant summer spending doesn’t seem to be over yet as they continue to monitor the situation of Declan Rice.
The West Ham star is a player that Frank Lampard is very fond of and he is eager to see him return to Stamford Bridge.
A deal looked like it would be off the cards after the Irons made it clear that they wouldn’t take any less than £80million for the England international. However, an update from The Athletic has claimed that Lampard may have a way around this.
Is £80million a fair asking price for Declan Rice?
The Blues boss in on the hunt for a holding midfielder to help improve his defensive frailties. Rice is firmly the club’s first choice and they are aware that he will not come cheap. This is why Lampard is willing to table an offer of cash plus Ross Barkley, in hopes to lower the hefty asking price.
The former Everton man signed for Chelsea in 2018 and has been more of a fringe player than a starter. Although, he played a big role in the Blues’ FA Cup run – helping to knock out rivals Liverpool and scoring the winning goal over Leicester in the quarter-finals.
Barkley’s time at Chelsea has seen him score just 10 goals and make 11 assists in 85 appearances (via Transfermarkt). Perhaps not the best numbers for a midfielder but certainly an amount to help replace anything lost through the sale of Rice.
The end of the transfer window is drawing to a close and Chelsea must act fast if they want to bring in a replacement for the outbound N’Golo Kante.
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