Chelsea ready to sell two players to fund Declan Rice move


Chelsea ready to sell two players to fund Declan Rice move

Chelsea are set to make a fresh bid to try and sign West Ham United star Declan Rice during the January transfer window, with Frank Lampard insisting that he wants the England international.


After a summer spending spree, Rice is believed to be the last of Lampard's transfer targets.


Chelsea spent around £250 million on new players during the summer, signing the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Edouard Mendy and Also Ben Chilwell and some others.


West Ham refused to go lower than their £73 million valuation of the Englishman, and Chelsea could not match that transfer valuation.


However, Lampard is still eager to pursue a move for the 21-year-old in January, and according to reports, Chelsea are willing to sell two players in order to fund a deal for Rice.


Whilst there players are not known, they are likely to be outcasts Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley, with the pair being on loan at Fulham and Aston Villa respectively, but there are also other unwanted players such as Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso, with the two full-backs being linked with moves to Italy.


West Ham are keen to keep Rice, and have recently entered talks to sign a new contract.


Whilst the Irons are not offering to extend his current deal - which runs until 2024 with an option for a further year - they are set to offer him a financial incentive to make him stay.


The wage in the new contract is set to be much higher in order to convince him into turning down Chelsea, with them growing increasingly worried that Chelsea will come back with an increased bid for their star player.