Chelsea remain linked with a move to West Ham United’s Declan Rice, even some time after his first admirer Frank Lampard left the club.
During the former midfielder’s reign at Stamford Bridge, he was a public fan of the Englishman, though a move did not materialize.
While control has been handed over to Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea’s chase for Declan Rice does not appear to have diminished, although they have been joined in the race for his services by Manchester United and Manchester City, if one is to believe the reports.
It’s certainly still to be seen what Rice’s destination is – if he actually chooses to leave London Stadium in the near future – but given Chelsea’s current midfield situation, they will hope they can get ahead of the queue for his signature.
As it turns out, Saul Niguez, who came to the club on loan from Atletico Madrid, has an uncertain future in west London.
He has struggled to find opportunities since his arrival and he has been limited to just five outings for the Blues in all tournaments, only two of which come in the Premier League.
Reports in the past week have indicated that the Spanish national team player is determined to turn around his hitherto overwhelming period at Stamford Bridge, but at the moment it looks a bit unlikely that he can become a Chelsea player next season.
Elsewhere, the Blues’ midfield options could be set to take another hit, as N’Golo Kante’s future also looks somewhat troubled.
The Frenchman, of course, remains a key player in west London after playing crucial roles in the Blues’ Premier League and Champions League title triumphs.
However, he only has a year and a half left on his current deal, and at the age of 30, the Blues could be a little hesitant to offer an extended contract to a player whose value only appears to be declining from that point on.
Previous reports have indicated that both Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are interested in Kante’s services and it would be interesting to note whether the Blues would be willing to sell given his contractual situation at Stamford Bridge.
Should both Saul and Kante leave at the time, this would leave a significant void in the current squad for a midfielder – a gap that Rice could certainly fill.
He is currently in the middle of yet another impressive season for the Hammers after scoring three goals in all competitions, with David Moyes’ men flying high in both the Premier League and Europa League.