Chelsea are desperate to sign €50m-rated Premier League midfielder

Blues set sights on Hammers midfielder Declan Rice. Chelsea boss has enjoyed a decent first campaign in charge of West Ham with Chelsea firmly on track to secure a top-four finish. If that is secured, it will be a huge boost to a side who have aspirations of challenging for the PL trophy.

The summer transfer window is likely to be a huge focus for Blues after enduring their recent transfer ban, and while Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have already been signed, there’s likely to be more signings. Strengthening the back-line is bound to be a huge focus, and that has led them back to the door of a familiar face.

Blues are prioritising a deal for England international. Valued at £44.5m, Declan has been a revelation since bursting onto the scene with Hammers. Rice famously started his youth career at Chelsea before being released as a youngster prompting the East London side to snap him up.

However, it looks that a come back to his boyhood club could be on the cards for the English midfielder, who according to the report, is being tipped as a long-term option at the heart of Blues coach’s back-line. The Englishman has established himself as the talisman for Hammers an excellent achievement given his tender age.

But with West Ham United struggling to stay in the PL, it could be a big battle to keep him at the London Stadium. Blues is a club that’s close to the 21-year-old midfielder’s heart, and so the interest from boyhood club Chelsea is bound to be appealing.