Chelsea renewed interest in 22-year-old English midfielder

The London giants are set to step up their pursuit of Declan Rice. The West Ham United midfielder has been linked with a move to Chelsea for a long time now, but it appears the PL giants are finally set to complete a move this summer as they weigh up a new offer.

Hammers have maintained their stance of not selling Declan this summer. However, they do value Rice nearly £80m and might be tempted to sell, should the Blues meet the figures. Chelsea were reportedly considering a bumper deal offer of £200k-a-week for England international that would make him one of the highest-paid footballers at the club.

The English midfielder has had a rapid rise to prominence in English football in recent years. Since his breakthrough, he has mustered 145 competitive games for West Ham. He even replaced Mark Noble as the club captain when the veteran was not involved, guiding the Hammers to a successful 2020/21 campaign that saw them clinch Europa League football.

The 22-year-old midfielder’s achievements are not restricted to club level either. In UEFA Euro 2020, he was a central figure in the midfield unit alongside Kalvin Phillips for an England side that reached the final of the coveted competition, only to lose against Italy.

Such displays have convinced the Blues to make a new move for the midfielder this summer. It is no secret that the German manager is scouring the market for new options in the middle of the park, having already shipped out Billy Gilmour on loan to Norwich City.