Chelsea eager to sign €55m-rated Premier League midfielder

If reports during the last transfer window were to be believed, the London club tried their level best to sign Declan Rice from West Ham United but the Hammers held firm. To the player’s credit, even though it would’ve meant a reunion with best friend Mason Mount and, arguably, a much better opportunity of silverware, he didn’t look to push through the move.

Given the winter transfer window is only a couple of months away, however, the likelihood that the London club will come back in again for the England international is strong. “Declan Rice is a fantastic player and will continue to improve, longer-term he might be an option,” he said.

“But I listened to the discussion between Adrian Durham and Goughie yesterday, and I’m just not having Adrian. He’s level of reasoning was that Kante was substituted in the World Cup final, right? What kind of argument is that to have? He’s got a World Cup winner’s medal, mate.”

“I’ll tell you right now, I don’t disagree with the opinion that longer-term Declan Rice would be a great option, whether that’s for Chelsea or anybody else. “But at this moment in time, for me, Kante would still be the number one holding player in the world.”

England international may well be the long-term solution in the defensive midfield slot for the English manager, was in no mood to agree with his colleague, Adrian Durham, however, as to why N’Golo Kante should be replaced sooner rather than later.

Whether Kante or the Englishman are the preferred option going forward, both players are amongst the best at what they do, and it leaves the English manager in an enviable position.