Why Chelsea decided against signing Declan Rice during the summer transfer window

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is known to be a big admirer of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice and the England international was on Chelsea’s transfer shortlist during the summer transfer window.

Despite the interest in the West Ham midfielder, the Blues failed to submit an official bid for Rice.

Instead, Chelsea secured the arrival of Saúl Ñíguez on loan from Atlético Madrid for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign, with an option to make the move permanent for a fee of £30 million next year.

According to The Athletic, Chelsea failed to submit a bid for Rice because the Blues were put off by West Ham’s valuation of Rice, which has been reported to be around £100 million.

Rice is also reportedly unhappy with West Ham for depriving him of a move away from the club owing to their £100 million valuation of the midfielder.

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