Chelsea leading race to sign €55m-rated Premier League midfielder

Chelsea and Man United reportedly stay among the primary transfer suitors for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice. And according to a report, the 22-year-old midfielder could now leave his current club for as little as £44m due to the financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Declan has shone for the Hammers and looks one of the talented teenagers in Europe in his position, and report even name Real Madrid as an admirer of his. On top of that, Rice’s also an option at centre-back, so could give Blues the upgrade they need on the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

However, they add that it seems more likely that England international will continue in the PL, though it’s unclear which club is the most likely to win the race for his signature, though whoever signs him could be getting an absolute bargain if he really ends up costing only £44m.

Blues are making Borussia Dortmund centre-forward Erling Haaland their priority, but there’s an argument that the English midfielder would be a more important addition. Declan could give Chelsea more quality in the defensive midfield department, coming in as an upgrade on the likes of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.

Red Devils, meanwhile, also need more options in back-line, with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly not looking for ideal long-term options to partner Harry Maguire. They have the in-form Fred and Scott McTominay in midfield but could benefit from bringing in Declan as a long-term replacement for the ageing Nemanja Matic.