Latest Chelsea transfer rumours: Frank Lampard pushes for £80m deal, eighth signing close

Chelsea have just three weeks to get their final transfer deals over the line and to wrap up what has been one of the busiest summer’s in the club’s history.

Frank Lampard’s side have added six new arrivals as the club look to close the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool.

Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva have all been signed with many featuring in Monday night’s 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.

And this morning’s big transfer rumours suggest that there could be even more business yet to conclude at Stamford Bridge.

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Lampard “pushing in the background” for West Ham star

Chelsea are said to still be “pushing in the background” for a deal to bring £80million-rated West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to Stamford Bridge.

That’s according to TalkSport’s transfer reporter Alex Crook who said that, despite Frank Lampard’s best efforts, he expects the Hammers to cling on to their man.

Declan Rice looks dejected after Newcastle score their second goal at London Stadium
(Image: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Crook said: ““My understanding is the owners are desperate to keep hold of Declan Rice.

“Chelsea are still pushing in the background, but it would take a massive offer and I don’t see it happening.”

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Chelsea close to landing Kepa replacement

Chelsea are “close” to landing Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy this summer, despite Lampard saying he is happy with Kepa between the posts.

A report by Evening Standard claims that Blues are expecting to get the deal done before the transfer window shuts.

Frank Lampard, Manager fist bumps Kepa Arrizabalaga. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

That deal would take their total summer transfer spend up to a whopping £250m.

But yesterday, after his side’s win over Brighton, Lampard told reporters that he was happy with…