‘Definitely in the race’ – Chelsea looking to gazump rivals to Rice signature

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It seems fairly clear that West Ham’s Declan Rice is going to be one of the most sought after transfers this summer, and according to one well-placed source, Chelsea are now definitely in the race to sign him.

The Blues are awash with cash it would appear, after Todd Boehly plundered the last two transfer markets to the tune of €611.49m (£541.14m) according to transfermarkt.

Although it isn’t clear if Mason Mount will still be at the Blues in 2023/24, keeping the England international at Stamford Bridge could well be key to securing Rice ahead of the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.

Football Insider detail the interest of the Gunners and the Red Devils, whilst Sky Sports journalist, Florian Plettenberg, tweeted that Chelsea are jostling to join the pack.

Rice was released by the west London outfit as a youngster, but it’s believed that he and fellow England international, Mount, have remained close friends.

Mason Mount and Declan Rice

If West Ham are forced into selling their captain, who doesn’t appear willing to extend his contract after a dismal season for the Hammers, then surely staying in or around the capital will appeal.

The east Londoners may prefer to sell to the highest bidder in order to maximise revenue that can then be spent on other players to strengthen the squad, but ultimately Rice’s own preference must be taken into account.

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  1. Chelsea just wants to foil everything Arsenal is trying to do. And that’s not going to change the direction where Arsenal is heading to, right now. And it’s going to be a while before Arsenal will see a reversal of fortunes. So Chelsea should fasten their belt.
    Everyone has their time. It’s Arsenal’s right now.

  2. If he wanted to play for a mid table team he would just stay at West Ham. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving club, being 10th😂😂😂😂

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