Andreas Christensen may be used as part of an exchange if Chelsea were to try and land Declan Rice, according to the Express.

West Ham United’s talented midfielder was a priority signing throughout Frank Lampard’s reign.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 21: Declan Rice of West Ham United walks past Frank Lampard manager of Chelsea after the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on December 21, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The former Blues boss even admitted in a Q&A session ahead of  London Football Awards on April 29 that he was a ‘big fan’ of Rice and wished he’d brought him to Stamford Bridge.

Lampard lost his job before his wish was ever granted.

However, Chelsea may revisit this transfer saga again in the summer.

In an attempt to lure Rice back to the club he began his footballing career with, the Blues could offer West Ham a few of their own stars in a swap deal.

talkSPORT suggested that David Gold and David Sullivan would be looking for over £100m if Chelsea wanted to pay outright for the England international.

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: Declan Rice of West Ham United reacts during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary’s Stadium on December 29, 2020 in Southampton, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Andrew Boyers – Pool/Getty Images)

Therefore, any add-ons might lower the cost somewhat.

One of these potentially involved in the switch is Christensen, a man reborn since Thomas Tuchel took over from Lampard in January.

The 25-year-old has featured in 12 of the 17 matches following Tuchel’s installation, regularly standing in for Thiago Silva.

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Chelsea’s German head coach Thomas Tuchel (R) embraces Chelsea’s Danish defender Andreas Christensen (L) at the end of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on March 4, 2021. (Photo by PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Sending Christensen away to the Hammers would be a massive turnaround considering he is still in line for a new contract (Telegraph).

Other players who may be involved in this trade is Ruben Loftus-Cheek, currently on loan at Fulham, and Tammy Abraham, who’s future at Chelsea remains uncertain.

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I’m all up for doing some dealings with West Ham if it means securing Rice.

However, Christensen should be going nowhere.

His performances warrant an extension, not an exclusion.

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