Lampard told to follow through and complete Chelsea deal for £80 million rated Rice

Chelsea have been urged to follow through with a plan to sign Declan Rice from West Ham United ahead of the summer window.

Now look, we all know that Rice has been brilliant for the Hammers this season and is ready to make that step up, and we all also know that Frank Lampard is a massive admirer of the man, and could even move him back into defence if he made the move.

But we also know that there has been some doubt as to whether a move will actually be made as the Hammers are valuing the man at around the £80 million mark, which is well above what Chelsea are reportedly willing to pay to get the man.

But Premier League legend Kevin Phillips believes a season with West Ham – with Rice heading in the other direction – would make sense for both parties and that Chelsea should follow through with a plan to sign the Englishman.

“I think that deal is good for both parties,” Phillips told Football Insider.

“West Ham have not defended well and Tomori has shown that he is a good defender.

“He did a great job at Derby, nearly helped them to the Premier League and has been in and out of the Chelsea side this year.

“Tomori gets regular game time at West Ham and Rice comes in to replace Jorginho because he could be moving on at the end of the season. That could be the perfect position for Declan Rice to slip into.

“I like Rice. He will just get better and better, especially in a better side where he is surrounded by world class players. That would be good business.”

Rice is a very good player, Chelsea fans would like to see him signed, but no-way is he worth £80 million and that asking price will need to come down before Chelsea get a deal done.

They would be fools to pay that amount of money.

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