Latest Chelsea transfer rumours: Blues make Ben Chilwell breakthrough, Declan Rice swap rejected

Plenty of business is expected at Stamford Bridge over the next few weeks as Chelsea prepare for the new Premier League season.

The start of the 2020/21 campaign is less than a month away, and the Blues will be eager to close the gap at the top of the table and become title challengers once again.

Before that, they get the chance to bolster their squad in the summer transfer window, and there is no shortage of speculation around what could occur.

Here are the latest transfer rumours and gossip coming from Stamford Bridge.

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Blues closing in on Chilwell

Chelsea are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester City after months of speculation.

The left-back has long been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, having been identified as one of Frank Lampard’s top targets.

According to The Times, the Blues are now closing in on a deal after making a breakthrough in negotiations over a potential fee.

The Foxes were demanding £80million for the England international and, while a fee could set a new record for a full-back, it’s reported it isn’t as high as Leicester’s initial demands.

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Hammers reject Rice swap deal

West Ham have reportedly rejected a proposed swap deal from Chelsea for Declan Rice.

The versatile England international is being heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with Frank Lampard said to be eyeing him up as a solution to his issues at centre-back.

He’s been denied in his pursuit though according to The Times, who say that West Ham were offered both Michy Batshuayi and Ross Barkley in exchange.

The Hammers are instead holding out in the hope that the Blues will eventually meet their £80million valuation.

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