Chelsea are reportedly set to ramp up their efforts to sign West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, who has been heavily linked with the club already during this summer window.

According to the Sun, Blues manager Frank Lampard still wants the Premier League star despite the club’s busy activity in the transfer market already.

It is understood that West Ham currently value their man at £80million, but Chelsea feel they are in a strong position and can reduce that valuation down due to the fact they may need to sell.

The report claims that that the Blues are set to make a “firm bid” for the 21-year-old and suggest the club could end up spending in excess of £250million this summer.

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Rice played every single minute of the 2019/20 Premier League season for West Ham and is a youngster that is already performing consistently, which is also why he’s a part of Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad.

He’s a rising star that was previously let go by Chelsea as a youngster, but he is now being linked with a potential return to West London and he’s know to be a very close friend of Mason Mount.

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Lampard may be bringing in a wealth of superstars from all across Europe ahead of the new season, but there is a young English core running through the centre of the team and it was integral in the club finishing fourth last season in the league to secure Champions League football.

Rice is currently a defensive midfielder that could compete for a role in the centre of the park if he ended up at Chelsea, but many feel his long-term position will end up being at centre-back and he’s shown the versatility to play there before.

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