Chelsea are reportedly planning to make a big-money move for West Ham United defensive midfielder Declan Rice when the transfer window will be re-opened in the summer.
Despite the financial implications due to the coronavirus pandemic, the West London club could be in a position to continue with their plans this summer given their recent lack of activity.
However, according to The Mirror, it may take the sale of their key player N’Golo Kante to tempt the Blues into following up their interest in 21-year-old English midfielder.
Kante, who has been hindered by multiple injuries this campaign, has been rumoured with a switch to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid that later has been as the clear favourite to lure the Frenchman at Santiago Bernabeu.
The report claims that Chelsea officials have identified Declan Rice as a direct replacement for the World Cup-winning midfielder.
Although the West Ham United are keen to retain the services of their most prized asset, who has been valued at £70m and the Blues must break the bank in order to lure him at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea faces stiff competition for Rice’s services from their direct Premier League rivals Manchester United.