Chelsea to move for Declan Rice in January

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Chelsea will still make a move for Declan Rice in January transfer window according to a report by the Athletic

Frank Lampard wanted to add the England and West Ham defensive midfielder to his ranks during the summer transfer window. The deal failed to materialize due to Chelsea’s inability to meet West Ham’s valuation of their star man.

Part of the issues was Chelsea’s failure to raise some needed cash from player sales. Chelsea could not find buyers for some of their fringe players with many being able to secure only loan moves. After spending a little above £250 million on signings, Chelsea needed to sell players to be able to push for Declan Rice.

West Ham coach, David Moyes sees Declan Rice as indispensable. He has a deal till 2024 but West Ham is desperate to add an extension to his contract that will see him receive double his wage. He is expected to earn £120,000.

He has been an undisputed starter for England and West Ham. He has 10 international caps.

The tough tackling midfielder ranked fourth last season in the Premier League for tackles with 116 tackles, 312 recoveries and 77 interceptions.

21-year old, Declan Rice started his career at Chelsea. He left the Chelsea youth set up at 14 years to join the West Ham youth team. His former teammate is the current Chelsea player, Mason Mount.

Rice switched allegiance and chose to represent England in 2019 after having represented the Republic of Ireland at both the youth and senior levels.

Chelsea will be expected to come with a renewed transfer effort in January transfer window for the £60 million rated star. Lampard will try to use the lure of the Champions league football, and also opportunity for him to reunite with his former teammate and friend, Mason Mount.

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