Chelsea would allegedly have to come up with a bid of ‘more than £70m’ in order to sign West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice during this summer’s transfer window.
The Blues are reportedly keen to re-sign Rice ahead of the 2020-21 term, with head coach Frank Lampard reportedly viewing the England international as the perfect player to operate in the middle of a back three next season.
A recent report stated that Chelsea were lining up a £45 million offer, but according to the Evening Standard, the capital heavyweights would have to bid in excess of £70 million to convince the Hammers to sell.
Rice, who turned out for Chelsea as a youth player between 2006 and 2014, has contributed two assists in 32 PL appearances for David Moyes’s side during the current campaign.
The Hammers are in a strong position when it comes to talks, meanwhile, as they have the holding midfielder on a contract until the summer of 2024, with the option of a 12-month extension.
Elsewhere, Chelsea star Andreas Christensen has revealed that he is determined to remain at Stamford Bridge.
The Danish star has been a regular under Frank Lampard, though, making 23 appearances across all competitions and starting 10 of the club’s last 11 PL matches.
“I’ve never looked anywhere else,” Andreas told Sky Sports News. “I’ve never doubted my situation. I’ve always had my eyes at Chelsea.
“I’ve had my contract and I’ve always expected to finish that and I’ve always dreamed of even more than that.
“Nothing has changed. Obviously it was a different situation last season but I still love being here, that’s the short answer.”