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Rice! Chelsea may have finally moved on!

Chelsea may have finally moved on from their Declan Rice pursuit!

Lingard holding on to Rice, just like the Irons!

The Blues have been tirelessly linked with the England star, despite their being precious little evidence that a bid was ever forthcoming.

The links have dampened a little since Frank Lampard’s sacking as manager and Thomas Tuchel’s appointment and now they are being linked with a midfielder from Ligue 1.

ESPN reports that the club are ‘huge admirers’ of AS Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.

That may not be a name you’ve heard of but the 21-year-old has carved himself out a firm place in Monaco’s starting XI.

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This season, he has made 27 appearances in Ligue 1, scoring one goal and laying on two assists.

A France U20 international, he’s a tough-tackling defensive midfielder with an eye for a pass – sound familiar?!

He also has a contract until 2024 so there is unlikely to be any kindly negotiations going on – Monaco will want a whacking great fee for a really promising young talent.

We’ll consider the Rice matter closed.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.