West Ham United are reportedly adamant that 21-year-old star Declan Rice won’t be sold under any circumstances, with Chelsea interested in making him their next summer signing.
The Blues – who have already purchased Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva – are closing in on a move for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, after which it is understood the club will focus their efforts on Rice.
A fee of around £80 million has previously been suggested, with West Ham want to scare off any potential buyers.
But the Blues’ interest has remained and there has even been reports from Sky Italia’s Angelo Mangiante that the west Londoners have led with offers of just over £50 million.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein only goes as far as to say that the Hammers are aware of Chelsea’s advances.
But they are adamant that Declan will not be sold for any price this summer as they aim to make a long-awaited climb up the Premier League standings.
Some at Chelsea have reservations over paying such a big sum for a player who was released from the club’s academy seven years ago.
But West Ham are not willing to offer any discount as the Hammers believe the England international will not leave this window.
After the sale of Grady Diangana to West Bromwich Albion, the Hammers plan to reinvest in their squad and hope to add some more players, and one name on their radar will intrigue Chelsea supporters: Emerson Palmieri.