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Frank Lampard ‘ready to buy £80m-rated Declan Rice’ to take Chelsea’s spending beyond £250m

Chelsea are reportedly set to move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, which could take their summer spending above £250million.

The 21-year-old has previously been linked with a £65million move to Stamford Bridge this year with Blues boss Frank Lampard continuing an overhaul of his squad ahead of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign.

Should Rice agree terms with Chelsea, he will be added to their list of new recruits including Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva.

As it stands, West Ham are looking for £80million for their star player – which is £15m higher than Lampard has previously tabled, according to The Sun.

However, the Blues manager is said to be willing to wait it out for Rice as he knows the Hammers will need to stump up the cash to buy this summer.

Lampard is also known for getting his way, having purchased Chilwell for £50m despite his asking price sitting at £70m.  

Lampard believes the 21-year-old could be the difference for his Chelsea side as they look to push for the title next season.

Having spent most of his senior West Ham career as a holding midfielder, Lampard will look to shift Rice back into his defence to add much-needed security.

Hammers’ manager David Moyes is reluctant to sell Rice, but given the little interest in Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini – who he is looking to offload –  he could be forced to cash in.

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