The London giants have shifted their attention to Declan Rice once again. The West Ham United midfielder had a stunning Euro 2020 season with England, which has made him hungry for silverware. As such, England international is open to a move away from West Ham, and a Chelsea comeback could be on the cards.
For Chelsea’s part, they may have to prepare a bumper £200,000-a-week deal to convince Declan to rejoin the Blues. But a bigger problem for them will be to game West Ham United’s price tag, with the Hammers holding out for a fee of £80m.
A native of London, Rice spent seven years in Blues youth academy from 2006 to 2013 before joining the Hammers. He hasn’t had to look back since, becoming one of England’s best midfielders by producing consistent displays following his initial breakthrough in the 2017/18 season.
In four years, Rice has notched up 145 competitive games for the Hammers. He even replaced Mark Noble as the club captain, guiding West Ham United to a successful 2020/21 campaign that saw them clinch Europa League football. Rice has also won 24 caps for the Three Lions, notably starring in the recently concluded Euro 2020.
Declan’s midfield partnership with Kalvin Phillips was indeed crucial in helping England reach the final of the coveted competition. And now the Blues are hoping to recreate that success by deploying him alongside another Euro 2020 star in Jorginho, at the base of Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-3 setup at Chelsea next campaign.
It is no secret that Chelsea are in the market for a new holding midfielder this summer. They have been linked with a move for Franck Kessie of Milan while Man United target Eduardo Camavinga has emerged as the latest target.