West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is allegedly still a leading transfer target for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
The Blues were strongly mentioned with the 21-year-old over the summer, but the Hammers are believed to have made it clear that they wouldn’t consider offers of less than £70 million for the England international.
Declan has been in strong form for the Hammers in the early stages of the 2020-21 term and has captained David Moyes’s side in five of their six PL fixtures this term.
According to the Daily Star, the Blues are still intent on re-signing the holding midfielder, with Blues boss Frank Lampard viewing him as a number one transfer target.
The report, though, states that West Ham are currently drawing up a fresh contract for Rice, which would see him increase his wages to £120,000 per week, and are hopeful of agreeing a deal in the coming weeks.
Declan, who is now a vital player for the English national team under Gareth Southgate, was released from the Blues academy at the age of 14, having failed to make the grade at Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri remains on the transfer radar of Serie A clubs.
Emerson, with a place in Italy’s Euros roster next summer on the line, has found himself behind Ben Chilwell in head coach Frank Lampard’s early season plans.
Sky Italia says a January exit could be on for the Italy international.
Napoli, Inter Milan and Juventus are all keen to bring the former AS Roma star back to Serie A.
For his part, Emerson is interested and willing to return to Italy midseason.