Chelsea will allegedly have to pay a mammoth £100 million transfer fee to land Declan Rice from West Ham this summer.
The 22-year-old star has long been linked with a transfer back to the Blues and is yet to pen a contract extension with the Hammers.
But Rice’s existing deal runs until 2024 and the Irons have no intention of selling their star player on the cheap, with The Athletic claiming that they will demand £100 million from any suitors.
Manchester United are also admirers of Declan but are unlikely to fork out such a big fee, considering they have agreed a £73 million deal in principle to sign Jadon Sancho.
According to the report, Chelsea chief Thomas Tuchel has spoken to staff members about Declan and appreciates his qualities but the Blues have not attempted to initiate discussions.
Rice, who started all of his country’s Euro 2020 matches, is thought to be interested in a move back to Stamford Bridge in the future.
However, the west Londoners are also reportedly thinking about other options with Monaco’s highly-regarded 21-year-old Aurelien Tchouameni thought to be of interest.
Declan played a big part in helping West ham qualify for the Europa League last season and manager David Moyes made it clear that the star has a big role to play in their upcoming European campaign.