According to a report from the Daily Mirror, Chelsea want to sign West Ham starlet Declan Rice, but only if they lose N’Golo Kante to Real Madrid this summer.

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Blues boss Frank Lampard has plenty of options in central midfield. But the Mirror claims that Kante, 29, is attracting interest from La Liga giants Real Madrid.

And Hammers ace Rice is allegedly a key target for Chelsea. But only if the French World Cup winner leaves Stamford Bridge this summer (Mirror).

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N’Golo Kante of Chelsea in action against Declan Rice (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old is incredibly important to West Ham. And David Moyes will be desperate not to lose the defensive midfielder.

But the Daily Star claims that the east London outfit could be tempted to move the seven-capped England international on if their £80 million valuation is met.

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Rice has made 100 appearances for the Hammers, racking up two goals and three assists in the process (Transfermarkt).

 

In 90 Premier League appearances for West Ham, the seven-capped England international has racked up 221 tackles, 140 interceptions, 165 clearances and 610 ball recoveries (premierleague.com).

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Declan Rice (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The 21-year-old clearly has all of the ingredients needed to go on and become one of the world’s best defensive midfield players.

Losing him would be a massive blow to West Ham. But it will be incredibly hard for the east London outfit to keep hold of him if they are offered around £80 million for his services.

Kante is equally important to Chelsea as Rice is to the Hammers. Losing the Frenchman doesn’t bear thinking about.

Zinedine Zidane would surely love the Blues ace at the Santiago Bernabeu. The 29-year-old is arguably the best deep-lying midfielder in world football.

And if Madrid do get their hands on Kante, bringing in the West Ham star as his replacement would be a wise move by Frank Lampard and Chelsea.

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