Lampard told to sign £80 million man and replace Kante, will Chelsea fans welcome possible arrival?

Chelsea have been told to swap N’Golo Kante for Declan Rice – but would fans welcome the possible deal?

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Rice for months now with reports constantly claiming that moves have been made, talks have been opened and bids have been rejected by the Hammers, who reportedly want a massive £80 million for the England man.

He is now one of the very best holding midfielders in the Premier League, and if you believe all the reports, he is the signing that Frank Lampard wants the most to finish off his summer of spending, which has topped £200 million.

And now they have been urged to get rid of Frenchman Kante and pay the money that will secure the services of Rice, as the Hammers midfielder will be able to offer that midfield more, that is the opinion of Adrien Durham anyways.

Chelsea have been forced to deny rumours of a falling out between Kante and manager Frank Lampard that emerged in France on Monday, after Le Parisien claimed Kante, 29, wants to quit the Blues after Lampard denied him permission to skip training for a friend’s wedding before the international break.

The talkSPORT presenter said: “They’ve been thinking about bringing in Declan Rice for a long, long time.

“If you sell Kante and bring in Rice, it’s a big upgrade.

“This is someone who can do Kante’s job, and go on the attack and use the ball quickly.

“Maybe not the Kante from yesteryear. What I’m looking at is a top side trying to do stuff in Europe and in the Premier League as well.

“Is Kante too limited? Rice does more than Kante – that’s what I’m saying.”

IcF opinion

Chelsea managed to keep hold of Kante in the summer window, despite all the transfer rumours and if he is going to leave the club, it will surely be during the January transfer window.

However, if they do let him leave and do make a move for Rice, they need to make sure that they do not pay £80 million for the midfielder as he is simply not worth that amount of money yet.

Yes he is very good, but he is still a talent and needs a few more years at the top before he becomes an £80 million rated player.

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