Chelsea target Declan Rice transfer to take summer spending spree past £250m

Chelsea are reportedly ready to splash out for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to take their summer spending spree past the £250million mark.

The Blues have been the most active team in Europe in this transfer window, already spending £130m on Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, and Hakim Ziyech, while Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva have arrived on a free.

And with Kai Havertz set to join from Bayer Leverkusen for around £70m plus bonuses, the club’s spending is already set to top £200m.

But, according to The Sun, Frank Lampard still wants Rice from West Ham, with the Hammers rating their star player at £80m.

The Chelsea boss is a big fan of the England international but the club only want to pay closer to £65m.

But the report claims that Lampard is happy to hang fire for a little longer as he knows that West Ham will need cash to but later in the summer.

While Rice has predominantly played as a defensive midfielder at the London Stadium but he has also filled in well at centre-back on occasion.

And it is thought that Lampard sees him playing in his defence rather than further forward should he move to Stamford Bridge.

The 21-year-old started his career at Chelsea before moving to West Ham and progressing through the academy.

Hammers boss David Moyes is reluctant to sell his star player, but he could be forced to cash in given the little interest in players he is looking to sell like Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini.

Chelsea hold the cards and know they are in a strong position at the moment over a potential move for Rice.

Lampard also seems to have the knack of sweet-talking his way into good deals, something that he seemed to achieve for the signing of Chilwell from Leicester City.

The Foxes were thought to want £70m for the left-back but the Blues paid only £50m in the end.

Chelsea are now being tipped to push Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League next season after their brilliant summer of spending.

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