Recent reports from The Telegraph revealed that Rice rejected two contract proposals from West Ham this summer as he is keen to make the move to a club in the Champions League next season. The 22-year-old has reportedly been asked to be informed of any offers made for him.
Famed journalist Fabrizio Romano recently suggested that Chelsea are really interested in the defensive powerhouse and stated that Thomas Tuchel is an admirer of the player.
Speaking on the Here We Go Podcast, Romano said, “Chelsea have a strong interest in Declan Rice, strong interest. They like the player, Thomas Tuchel likes the player, so we will see if they can find an agreement.”
It now appears that Chelsea are ready to act on their interest in Rice with the latest reports claiming that the Blues are ready to make an enquiry over the player.
According to Salary Sport, Rice is currently earning a weekly wage of £62,000 at West Ham on a deal that is set to expire in June 2024 when he will be free to leave the club.
Based on his present salary, the Hammers midfielder would only rank as Chelsea’s 21st highest earner. However, should he join the club this summer he would surely get an upgrade on his terms and would likely feature much higher amongst the Blues’ biggest earners.
West Ham value Declan Rice at £100M. As things stand, Chelsea have not even attempted to initiate discussions with West Ham for Rice. If they do, they could include Abraham, who West Ham want and has a £40M asking price, as part of the deal to lower the fee.
Chelsea are giving serious consideration to acquiring Monaco’s highly-rated 21-year-old Aurelien Tchouameni instead. Unlike Rice, the France Under-21 international obviously isn’t proven in the Premier League but he would cost significantly less.
Chelsea have been linked with midfield reinforcements since Billy Gilmour’s departure on loan to Norwich. Declan Rice and Manuel Locatelli have been two names mentioned so far.
However, it is believed that Chelsea are also interested in the Monaco midfielder who is attracting Premier League interest, as per Fabrizio Romano.
Tchouameni currently plys his trade for Monaco in France, playing in midfield alongside former Blue Cesc Fabregas.
The midfielder could be seen as a cheaper alternative to Rice, who is Chelsea’s ‘priority’ in midfied this summer.
Chelsea are looking to spend big on a goalscorer and with West Ham valuing Rice at £100 million, the Blues could look for cheaper alternatives if they were to sign a midfielder.