Declan Rice likely to join the Blues after turn of events

Chelsea is still the destination of choice for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice

The 23-year-old has apparently drawn the eye of some of the Premier League’s elite teams and is on the rise.

According to The Telegraph, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City are all interested in signing Rice this summer as they aim to improve their engine room options.

According to the report, the trio are all keeping an eye on the England international’s status ahead of a potential bid, with West Ham facing a difficult challenge to maintain hold of their prized asset.

Rice has previously rejected two contract offers from the Hammers’ management because he wants to play Champions League football in the near future, it was disclosed in July.

Rice’s current contract has two and a half years left on it, and West Ham have the option to extend his stay by another year.

Rice spent eight years at Chelsea’s academy until being released as a teenager in 2014, and he has been vocal about his love for the Blues ever since.

Tuchel admired Rice’s skills, but with West Ham valuing their top player at £100 million, no official offer was made.

However, it’s arguable if Chelsea really needs more help in the centre of the field.

Tuchel’s current squad includes Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Saul Niguez, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Ross Barkley, with Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour on loan.

Rice may find it difficult to get game time if he returns to the west London club, but may eventually be a part of the first team squad.


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