Chelsea to go all out and bring £80 million midfielder to bridge on £150,000-a-week deal
Chelsea will reportedly go all out to grab Declan Rice in January – according to the latest reports.
It is no secret that Blues boss Frank Lampard is a massive fan of Rice and would still like to add him to the Chelsea squad this month, but that £80 million asking price has become a big problem.
Chelsea have spent over £200 million on new players this summer, meaning that Lampard does not have alot of money left in that kitty to sign the England International, but there is still a chance to get a deal done.
And according to recent reports, West Ham face having to double Declan Rice’s salary in a new deal after managing to the keep the England star at the club for another season.
Yet having retained the services of the player and made it clear he was their prized asset, West Ham now need to reward him with a contract that recognises his standing as the best player at London Stadium.
Rice is two years into a five-and-a-half-year contract, which saw him move from £3,000-a-week up to £60,000-a-week — a package co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold initially baulked at paying.
But, according to the Daily Star, Chelsea are determined to get him back and are ready to offer the required amount to get a transfer deal done, while offering the player a higher contract offer that the one the Hammers will reportedly offer.
Look, Rice deserves a new contract at the Hammers, but if Chelsea do come calling, then we suggest that he moves on, it would be the right career choice to make.
Playing at the very highest level of the game and playing in the Champions League will only help him develop into a top-class players, and although the Hammers are having a good start to the season, they may be in another relegation battle by the end of the season.
But we have said it before, Chelsea do not need him in the side and need to work on adding a partner for Thiago Silva, as that is the area of the pitch which has been costing the club serious points.