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Marina Granovskaia makes opening bid for Frank Lampard’s dream centre-back signing

Chelsea have reportedly submitted their first official bid for Declan Rice.

The West Ham United midfielder has long been linked with a move to the Blues, who actually released him from their youth system as a 15-year-old.

Sky Sports journalist Angelo Mangiante now says Blues head coach Frank Lampard has made Rice a transfer priority this summer.

The Blues are said to have submitted their first official bid for the England international as they continue to try and strengthen ahead of next season.

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It is claimed that Chelsea have offered £50million for Rice as the Blues board try to come to an agreement with their London rivals.

The Blues’ interest will no doubt pose questions over the future of the current midfielders at Stamford Bridge.

Jorginho and N’Golo Kante have both been linked with moves to Italy in recent months, although Maurizio Sarri’s sacking at Juventus has ended any interest the Old Lady had in Jorginho.

It seems unlikely that £50m will be enough to land Rice, however, with West Ham reportedly valuing the 21-year-old at around £70m.

After his release from Chelsea, Rice was snapped up by West Ham and signed his first professional contract in 2015.

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