Chelsea have marked West Ham United defender Declan Rice as their next transfer target for this summer, reports The Sun. The Blues are considering to complete some serious transfers this summer in order to close the gap to Manchester City and freshly crowned champions Liverpool. The report claims that Frank Lampard wants Rice to lead Chelsea’s defense next season.
21-year-old Rice has played most of the season on the midfield at West Ham, but during West Ham’s last game against Wolverhampton he played as a centre-back. After that game Hammers’ boss David Moyes applauded Rice’s performance, calling him the club’s ‘best central defender’. It is believed that Chelsea want to sign Rice to play in the heart of defense, which is his natural position.
Chelsea believe that a fee around €50m will be enough to convince West Ham to sell their key man this summer. Meanwhile, the Blues are also trailing Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell and Bayer Leverkusen’s wonderkid Kai Havertz. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic is prepared to allow Lampard to make massive investments to his team after Chelsea were banned from transfers last summers for breaking the FIFA rules on signing youth players.