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The £65m transfer Chelsea should be focusing on ahead of £90m Kai Havertz deal

Chelsea’s transfer business so far has consisted of bringing in attacking players.

Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have already joined the club as well as continued speculation over a move for Kai Havertz.

While those signings prove exciting for Blues supporters, adding balance between defence and attack should also be considered.

Declan Rice presents a particularly interesting option for Chelsea to explore and recent reports suggest that the Blues could be looking to sign him this summer.

The Daily Star report that Chelsea are looking to sell multiple players this summer in order to finance a move for the 21-year-old who is believed to be valued at around £65million by West Ham.

West Ham to Stamford Bridge is a pathway that Frank Lampard took himself during his playing days, but moving to west London makes sense for more than just sentimental reasons.

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The England international has been impressive over the past couple of seasons in the Premier League and making that step up to Chelsea could see him progress to his full potential.

As a young and homegrown player, Rice naturally receives more media attention than others but his continued development shows exactly why such recognition is justified and why Chelsea should be taking close interest.

An otherwise underwhelming season for West Ham saw Rice become an ever present in the middle of the park as he showed signs of being the type of midfielder that Chelsea might need next season.

Continued injury concerns for N’Golo Kante in midfield has forced Lampard to rotate the complexion of the midfield. Mateo Kovacic has been a mainstay but rotation between Billy Gilmour and Jorginho has drastically changed the outlook of the Blues’ midfield.

In contrast to other options, Rice possesses a range of abilities that would add a variety of strengths. One positive of playing in a…

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