Chelsea have reportedly been told that West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is not for sale this summer even at his recently touted £75m asking price. This is according to a report detailing the latest on England international’s future, with the Hammers seemingly insisting they have no plans to let him leave for the Blues.
Despite this, the report states Chelsea stay determined to sign Declan, who spent some time at their academy earlier in his career. Rice might not have made it in his first stint at Stamford Bridge, but he’s improved a great deal at the Hammers and seems set to make the step up to a big six club.
£75m perhaps seems a lot to pay for him, however, and that won’t be enough for the moment. It will be interesting to see how the west London giants respond to this and if they can persuade the Hammers to ease their stance as we edge closer to the end of the transfer window.
It’s been a busy summer for the Blues, who may be hoping for one more addition to strengthening their options in the back-line or defensive midfield after mostly bringing in attacking footballers so far.
Big names such as Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech have joined Blues, but Chelsea coach could do with the 21-year-old midfielder to improve at the other end of the pitch.
The English midfielder has emerged as a quality talent over the last couple of years, he has played 110 games for the Hammers, scoring three times and chipping in with four assists.