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Report: Rice bid planned

Chelsea are set to table a bid for Declan Rice in the coming weeks according to a report.

Simon Phillips, a journalist who covers the Blues, claims that they are closing in on the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Ligue 1 club Rennes

And following that, they are poised to step up their efforts to sign defensive midfielder Rice from the Hammers.

He wrote on Twitter: “Mendy will be confirmed soon. Then Chelsea will make an offer for Declan Rice. Strap in for a busy last couple of weeks with outgoings as well!”

West Ham have, thus far, maintained that there has yet to be a bid tabled for the 21-year-old or even an enquiry.

But it appears that the west London club are going to step up their efforts to land Rice, who has become a genuine star at the London Stadium.

He played in every single game of the 2019/20 league season and has also become a key member of Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

Rice also played 90 minutes in the first game of this season, as the Irons lost 2-0 to Newcastle at the weekend.

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8 comments on “Report: Rice bid planned

  1. I am so fed up with the mainstream media and Rice to Chelsea. The owners need to say he’s not for sale at any price and let the lad play his football . I love Rice & want us to build a team around him. The owners also need to sign defensive reinforcement and get those Hans out of their own pockets.

  2. If Chelsea come with a bid, Rice will want to go. Couldn’t blame him because it would further his career. We spend year on year fighting relegation and would get the opportunity for top four, European football and trophies. No brainer for him. The only option for the club will be to get a huge transfer fee for him. Ultimately if Rice wants to go then he will be sold.

    • I agree and if we have to sell it must be the right deal for our club. This talk of 40-50 million bid is a joke, This is an England International and in my opinion it would cost us a fortune to buy a replacement with no guarantee he can fill his shoes. If Chelsea are stuck for cash and they are really serious then I would ask for either one of these two players in the deal, Kovacic or Kante in the deal , 50m + Kovicic or Kante would be a value for money deal for me, otherwise it is a straight 80m deal. This idea of offering us players like Kouma, Barkley etc is a non runner for me.

      • Yeah agree on that. If Sancho is valued by Dortmund at 108million then Rice cannot be far behind, accepting that flair players and goal scorers are generally worth a little more.
        Kovicic and Kante are worthy points but neither will want to come to us and thus neither will play for the shirt.
        Zouma is probably about our level and the only reason Barkley would come is because of Moyes otherwise he wouldn’t consider it either.
        That’s the whole problem with the club at the moment, we are not an attractive option for signing players. Tarkowski is a perfect example, he doesn’t want to step down from Burnley!!!

    • Exactly.If Burnley can hold out for 50m for Tarkowski who is approaching 28 years of age and only has 2 caps logic tells us Rice’s value should be 80m minimum.Personally he is our future and we should tell them he is not for sale at any price after signing a new 5 year contract However what is he ever going to win at this club as it stands.?.Nothing as the owners dither and stumble from one disaster to the next and we fans in all honesty have nothing but relegation battles season after season to look forward to.The Lad has ambition so its up to him if he wants to push for a move.

  3. He must not be sold as we will not get a replacement. No one wants to join us, don’t blame them, why would they want to join a club on the brink of all out civil war? It is no good having £80 million if you cannot spend it and there are only 3 weeks left until the window closes which really does not give us any time to replace him even if we could. This is a non-starter and I believe the club has already made it clear that he is not for sale at any price.

  4. How many times do we have to read the same story about Chelsea preparing to make a bid for Declan rice. I’m absolutely sick and tired of it being repeated every other day for months on end. It’s so boring.

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