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Chelsea Face Premier League Competition For £100m Declan Rice

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Chelsea Face Premier League Competition For £100m Declan Rice

Chelsea are the leading contenders to sign West Ham United midfielder and England star Declan Rice during this summer's transfer window - but they face stern competition for his signature.

The West Ham vice-captain has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for some time now, with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel said to be a huge admirer of the 22-year-old.

His future was recently cast into doubt after he reportedly rejected two contract offers from the Hammers - but the east London outfit have since insisted that he is not for sale, despite David Moyes' valuing £100m player valuation.

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Declan Rice spent time with Chelsea's academy earlier in his career with his best friend Mason Mount
Declan Rice spent time with Chelsea's academy earlier in his career with his best friend Mason Mount

Rice spent time with Chelsea's academy earlier in his career with Mason Mount and speculation continues to hot up about a return to west London.

And it seems Mount is keen on his childhood pal making the switch to Blues, too, as he FaceTimed Rice following their historic Champions League in Porto in May to show off his winner's medal, according to The Athletic.

Both Rice and Mount are currently away with the Three Lions at this summer's European Championships and will have, undoubtedly, spoken about their futures. Oh, wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall?

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Chelsea's interest in Rice dates back to Frank Lampard before he was sacked midway through last season.

And Tuchel has a similar opinion to his predecessor despite Chelsea's wealth of options in midfield including N'Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic. How's that for squad depth?

Manchester United are the latest club to join the race for the highly-rated Englishman, but Mount's presence at Chelsea will, almost certainly, play a huge part in his next landing spot. But where will he be next season?

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Declan Rice next club betting odds

  • Chelsea - 3/1
  • Manchester United - 3/1
  • Manchester City - 10/1
  • Arsenal - 11/1
  • Liverpool - 18/1

Odds are correct at the time of publication and are, as always, subject to change.

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Topics: Chelsea, West Ham United, Declan Rice

Robert Mann
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