According to a report from the Sun, Frank Lampard has asked Chelsea bigwigs to sign West Ham ace Declan Rice this summer.
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The Blues boss is allegedly desperate to bolster his central defensive ranks at Stamford Bridge this summer. And he sees the Hammers youngster as the perfect addition.
David Moyes will desperately want to keep Rice at the London Stadium, however.
The seven-capped England international has been West Ham’s best and most consistent performer over the past two seasons.
Rice has led by example this term, despite his tenders years, and losing him this summer doesn’t bear thinking about for Hammers fans.
But the Sun claims that is exactly what could happen, with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard desperate to bring the 21-year-old to west London this summer.
The British tabloid suggests that £45 million could be enough to prise the versatile ace away from east London.
The Blues have already spent big this summer. They have brought in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
Lampard has also been linked with a move for Leicester ace Ben Chilwell (The Sun).
On top of that, there has been talk that Chelsea want to sign brilliant Bayer Leverkusen ace Kai Havertz for around £75 million (Metro).
And signing the exceptionally talented Rice really would be the icing on the cake.
The West Ham youngster clearly has what it takes to go on and become a truly elite player. And as much as the Hammers fans won’t want the England international to leave, they surely won’t begrudge him the chance to play for one of the biggest clubs in world football.