Chelsea’s only target for the rest of the summer transfer market is Declan Rice, and they won’t make a move for any alternatives. That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who claims Frank Lampard is “in love” with the West Ham ace.
Chelsea are expected to make one final bid to sign Rice before Monday.
The Blues are the biggest-spending club in Europe this summer, having forked out close to £250million on new recruits.
They have been watching Rice throughout the summer, and have been quoted an asking price of £73m for the 21-year-old.
Chelsea are reportedly ready to offer them Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio Rudiger in an attempt to lower the asking price, and apparently believe the Hammers are struggling financially and so will take the deal.
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West Ham are still determined to keep the youngster this summer and so far haven’t been interested in listening to offers.
But their interest in signing Rudiger on loan could impact their decision with just days to go before the window closes.
Lampard apparently wants to play Rice in the middle of defence alongside Thiago Silva as the leader of his new-look defence.
And according to transfer expert Romano, they won’t look at any alternative or second-choice targets for the position, and only wants to sign Rice.
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“Chelsea, I’d keep an eye on the situation with Declan Rice of West Ham,” he claimed.
“Frank Lampard is in love with him.
“He wants Declan Rice after a terrific window already in a positive way, Chelsea have been fantastic this summer.
“They’ll try for Declan Rice, but West Ham are convinced they’ll keep the player. They won’t sell Declan Rice, so it won’t be easy.
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“If Chelsea try, it’ll be an important bid, because at the moment West Ham say they’re going to keep Declan Rice.
“I don’t see any other players coming, because they just want top targets.
“They don’t want any plan B, no different players, they want top targets.
“If they sign another player, it’ll be Declan Rice, because they’re only looking at top targets.”
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