According to The Telegraph via Daily Express, Chelsea will submit a bid for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice if the club sells either Jorginho or N’Golo Kante this summer.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is keen to fix his leaky defence this summer and sees Rice as the ideal candidate. Lampard reportedly wants the 21-year-old to revert back to his former centre-back position.
With Chelsea set to spend over £200million with Kai Havertz set to complete his Chelsea transfer, Lampard has been reportedly told he must sell before signing any player.
Meanwhile, former West Ham star Matt Jarvis has backed Rice to succeed at Chelsea.
“He’s a very talented young player who’s obviously playing week in, week out at West Ham and also playing for England,” Jarvis told talkSPORT.
“He’s really got on to the scene and doing extremely well. He’s obviously going to want to continue to improve and it’s just whether he feels if it’s the right time for him if he wants to move on or not.
“I think Chelsea are a club who are going in the right direction under Lampard. The youngsters are getting their opportunities, so it would be a good fit for him to go in with a few other youngsters.
“He’s a really important figure at West Ham. He’s come through the youth team, he’s got great potential and he’s showing it now.
“It’s really hard to put an exact figure on it. Obviously West Ham won’t want to let him go as he’s an integral part of their team, so they’ll be expecting, if bids are coming in, that they’ll have to be a lot higher than the usual one.
“He’s young and he’s playing for England already; you’ve got to be looking at probably above £50m in this [market].
“It’s going to be a difficult decision for Rice to make because both the Manchester clubs may be interested in him. At the minute he’s playing week in, week out, and Gareth Southgate will want to be able to see him playing every week.
“He doesn’t want to be going to a different club and be sat on the bench and not playing, because that won’t enhance his place in the England set-up.”