Chelsea are reportedly “definitely” in the race for the transfer of West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice this summer.
The England international has been a star performer at the London Stadium for a number of years now, establishing himself as one of the finest defensive midfield players in Europe.
It seems just a matter of time before he moves to a bigger club, and Florian Plettenberg has tweeted an update on interest from Chelsea, saying they’re making him one of their top candidates to come in in that position, whilst adding that there’s a good chance of him being on the move this summer due to his contract situation with the Hammers…
News #Rice: Chelsea is definitely in the race and highly interested – confirmed! He’s one of the top candidates in order to strengthen the defensive midfield.
Contract until 2024. Therefore good chances to sign him this summer. #CFC @SkySportDE ??????? pic.twitter.com/LOnofTHAvx
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) March 16, 2023
Rice has also been linked with Arsenal by Ben Jacobs in his exclusive CaughtOffside column, and one imagines he’d surely rather move to a club playing in the Champions League.
Still, Rice might also view Chelsea’s long-term project as more exciting due to the sheer money being pumped into it by ambitious new owner Todd Boehly, even if Arsenal are currently ahead of the Blues in the table.
Unfortunately for Chelsea they might not get champions league football which the player wants.
Chelsea is showing an attitude particularly against Arsenal in the market. It’s looking kind of childish. All foils of the winter have not changed their situation as Arsenal continues to fly.
Rice wants to play under Arteta of course. Still there are lots of alternatives in case they force Rice to go to Chelsea.
Arsenal is up and will not collapse anytime soon. They will only get better. So, let Chelsea fasten their belt for the competition going forward.
Football ia a human sport and is played only by 11 players at a time and better players emerge all the time. Chelsea alone cannot buy everyone.