Declan Rice has been given a transfer boost by Chelsea, despite the West Ham star’s refusal to change his mind.
Declan Rice has been linked with a high-profile transfer away from West Ham this summer.
Declan Rice is desperately wanted by West Ham this summer, but Chelsea may be able to sign the midfielder for under £60 million. Rice was heavily linked with a move to the Blues a year ago, with Frank Lampard eager to recruit the England international.
Chelsea, who had previously spent close to £250 million on new acquisitions, couldn’t afford West Ham’s £80 million asking price.
Thomas Tuchel, who led Chelsea to the Champions League title, has since taken Lampard’s post.
In his first summer transfer window as Chelsea manager, Roman Abramovich has committed to back the German coach.
Although no fresh acquisitions have been announced, various sources suggest that Chelsea is interested in players such as Erling Haaland, Domenico Berardi, and Robert Lewandowski.
They are, however, still interested in Rice, who had a fantastic Euro 2020 campaign with England.
The 22-year-old started each of England’s seven Euro 2020 games and was praised for his efforts.
Chelsea’s interest in luring him away from their London rivals appears to have grown as a result.
Rice was reportedly offered a new contract by West Ham this summer, but he declined.
Rice would now turn down a third contract offer from West Ham, according to Matt Law of the Telegraph, and a £60 million deal from Chelsea would tempt the Hammers to sell.
“Declan Rice would turn down West Ham’s third contract offer. On the London is Blue podcast, he stated, “He wants to be made aware of any bids made for him.”
“Because of the scenario, any bid beyond £60 million would have to be seriously considered by West Ham.”
Rice has yet to rejoin the West Ham squad following his summer sabbatical.
Rice is expected to join West Ham for the start of next season, according to David Moyes.
With stadiums expected to be filled from the start of the Premier League season, including West Ham’s match against Leicester on August 23, Moyes is hoping for a large crowd to watch Rice and his teammates at the London Stadium.
“We are excited because, as we all know, it is a fantastic stadium to accommodate such a large crowd,” Moyes added.
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