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Big West Ham boost as Chelsea allegedly now want to sign 'unstoppable' £61m midfielder in the summer

Chelsea are allegedly eyeing a move to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer and it’s great news for West Ham.

Football.London have suggested that Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is interested in bringing the 27-year-old central midfielder to Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window.

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And if the Blues do end up signing the 36-capped Serbia international, it could be a big boost to the Hammers’ hopes of keeping Declan Rice.

Chelsea have continually been linked with a move to the 23-year-old West Ham midfielder and he is valued at around £150 million (Daily Mail).

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We did cover a piece suggesting that the Hammers are still in a strong position to keep hold of Rice, however.

He began his youth career with the west London club before leaving to join the Hammers’ academy aged 14.

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Rice is a boyhood Chelsea fan, so if he were to leave the London Stadium, a return to the west side of London would be a likely outcome.

The West Ham fans are always wary that Dec could one day return to his boyhood club. It appears as though there could be some good news on the horizon for us though…

Chelsea could sign Lazio midfielder this summer

Football.London reckon that Thomas Tuchel is in a very strong position to bring Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window.

And if the Blues do end up signing the 36-capped Serbia international, they won’t be signing Declan Rice as well, that’s for sure.

The Lazio ace is a central midfielder who usually operates slight deeper. He is a sensational player in fairness.

Football Italia recently described the midfielder as an ‘unstoppable’ player.

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Lazio will demand around €70 million (£61 million) for Milenkovic-Savic according to Alfredo Pedulla.

That’s an incredible 2.5 times cheaper than Rice is available for. So it is clear to see why Chelsea might want to sign the Lazio midfielder this summer.

West Ham keeping Rice will be absolutely vital to our hopes of making any kind of progress over the next few years. Chelsea’s persistent tracking of the 23-year-old has always had an ominous feeling about it, however.

It does seem like the 23-year-old moving back to the Blues is a transfer just waiting to happen at times.

But with Chelsea now being linked with a move to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer, the Hammers may well be able to keep hold of Dec for the foreseeable future.

And that’s obviously great news for West Ham United.

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