Reports have claimed that Chelsea would be willing to ‘break the bank’ in order to sign Declan Rice.

According to The Sun, there is vast interest in the 24-year-old who looks certain to leave West Ham United at the end of the campaign.

The Hammers managed to keep hold of him for this season after a sensational effort in the league and Europe last season, seeing them qualify for the Conference League for this year.

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However, things look far from rosy this season, with the London side loitering dangerously towards the relegation zone at the midway stage.

Chelsea have held a reported long-term interest in Rice, after releasing him from the academy when he was just 14.

Chelsea prepared to go big for Rice

While many would have thought that a big-money transfer for a player let go as a youngster would cause a club great embarrassment, The Sun have claimed that the Blues would have no shame in doing just that.

The club’s interest in signing a new midfielder stretches way further than just Rice.

Yesterday it was reported that Chelsea have had their first bid for Moises Caicedo rejected, as they look to add to what’s been a busy transfer window already this month.

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The Blues have seemingly not completely shut the door on bringing in Enzo Fernandez at some point, however that is unlikely to be this month based on how negotiations have already gone between them and Benfica.

This month, there have already been the additions of Mykhailo Mudryk and Benoit Badiashile for big-money, with the latter already impressing in his first appearance for the club.

They have also signed Joao Felix on loan, with there surely a desire to bring him in on a permanent basis should he live up to expectations when he returns from suspension.

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