According to transfer expert Ian McGarry, Chelsea are very keen to sign West Ham ace Declan Rice at the end of the season. And Frank Lampard allegedly wants to use the talented youngster as a centre-back.
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The 21-year-old has been in absolutely superb form for the Hammers over the past two years. He has certainly been the east London outfit’s best and most consistent performer over the last two seasons.
Rice is vitally important to West Ham. And David Moyes will undoubtedly be desperate to keep him at the London Stadium.
But that decision could be taken out of the Scot’s hands if a big club like Chelsea come in with a mega offer for the seven-capped England international.
“Another young player who’s making waves and is attracting attention is Declan Rice. He is very much fancied by Chelsea. Our information at the Transfer Window podcast is that Frank Lampard’s feeling about the player is that he could become potentially a commanding presence in Chelsea’s defence. We’ve talked a lot about Lampard’s desire to have a vocal presence in his defence which he feels is lacking. Obviously he played for his entire time at Chelsea with John Terry who was very much that ‘Captain, Leader, Legend’ phrase.”
McGarry suggested that West Ham will demand up to £60 million for the English starlet’s signature.
The youngster has mostly operated as a defensive midfielder for the Hammers. But he has shown how capable he is when playing in central defence.
The Blues clearly mean business this summer. Timo Werner has already agreed to join Lampard’s side at the end of the season (Telegraph).
And the west London outfit are also keen on signing Bayer Leverkusen sensation Kai Havertz (Express).
If Chelsea do sign the young German duo and Rice, they will be in a great position to challenge for major honours again.
West Ham will certainly not want to lose the talented young star, however. But £60 million for Rice might just prove to be too hard to turn down in these uncertain financial times.