£23 million Emerson exit will help Chelsea complete last summer Rice transfer deal

Chelsea will try to tempt West Ham into selling Declan Rice by using Emerson Palmieri as a bargaining chip, according to reports.

With Frank Lampard looking to build a side that is more than capable of challenging for that Premier League title next season, Roman Abramovic has backed the club legend financially in the players that he wants to bring to the club.

But one player that has been constantly linked with a move to the Bridge, but do deal has been done, is that of Rice, the Hammers defender that is regarded very highly in the Premier League.

Rice has become one of the best holding midfielders in the top-flight, and his performances have meant that he is now a full England International, and is valued at around the £80 million mark.

However, despite all the rumours that he would be the next layer to arrive at Stamford Bridge during this transfer window, no deal has taken place simply because of that massive asking price.

But with reports that The Hammers are determined to keep hold of Rice, THE ATHLETIC have claimed Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia is considering offering full-back Emerson in part-exchange for the England international.

Reports last month suggested the Stamford Bridge outfit had slapped a £23million price tag on the Italy international, and the reports suggest the Hammers would be interested in a move for Emerson without him arriving as part of a swap deal.

Look, Emerson is a player that Chelsea do not need any longer so getting him out the squad will make room for the possible signing of Rice. But with all the midfield quality that Chelsea already have at the club, would he walk straight into the side?

Chelsea really want to sign Rice, but maybe this summer is not the best time for the player to make a move, as he may not get the game time that he has been at West Ham, which will hinder his development into one of the best holding midfielders in the game.

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