West Ham defensive midfielder Declan Rice has been linked with a move to Chelsea for many months now as Frank Lampard is very keen on the Englishman, and a lot of fans are reacting to the Blues’ latest plan to try and tempt the Irons into allowing Rice to leave.
The 21 year-old ranks highest in the Hammers squad when it comes to most tackles on average per game (3.1), whilst he has the joint most interceptions per game (2), which highlights how crucial defensively he is at the Irons, per WhoScored.
Chelsea have realised this, and with this in mind it seems like they want to offer the club a player. The Athletic reports that they want to sweeten a possible deal for Rice by offering the Irons Fikayo Tomori on loan for a season. The 19 year-old was excelling well under Lampard, but has not played a Premier League game since February, per Transfermarkt, so it is easy to see why some Hammers fans are not fancying this deal.
The fact that the Blues want Rice and are willing to swap Tomori also highlights that Lampard believes Rice is more important to the Chelsea squad at this time than Tomori, and Hammers fans are understandably feeling like they will be getting the weaker player in the deal.
Here is how fans reacted to the news:
Chelsea will look to sweeten a possible deal for Declan Rice by offering West Ham defender Fikayo Tomori on loan for a season.
— West Ham News (@whufc_news) July 7, 2020
If we sell rice for 45 mil and a player on LOAN. We should be ashamed
— WestHamFan (@westhamfan__) July 7, 2020
Let me sweeten your tea by dipping this carrot in it.
Do they actually think that lending us a player for 12mths to develop him so THEY benefit in future will actually encourage us to sell the best player we’ve produced in 15yrs for less than they value Batshuayi?!?! 😂
— David Clerihew (@DavidClerihew) July 7, 2020
Tomori on a perm and 70+ and its a fair deal
— JW (@jed_w) July 7, 2020
Keep dreaming @ChelseaFC
— Jrue-Jitsu (@Sergionf_33) July 7, 2020
Nope. Nope. Nope.
— Mark Daley (@markodaley1) July 7, 2020
Hopefully Dec is not going anywhere. ⚒️
— CraigardHouseHotel (@CraigardH) July 7, 2020
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