Latest Chelsea transfer rumours: Rice issue arises, Mendy swap deal dilemma, midfielder move

Chelsea have been far the busiest of the big clubs in the Premier League this summer. 

Frank Lampard has overseen a revolution at Stamford Bridge this summer, with Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz arriving at the football club. 

They celebrated those new faces with a 3-1 win against Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday night, and the hope will be that can serve as a platform to mount a serious title challenge under Lampard. 

Despite the bevy of new faces at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are not done in the market. There is an appetite to add a new goalkeeper to Lampard’s squad, and there is a chance several fringe players leave the club before the October 5 deadline. 

With that said here are the latest transfer rumours for Wednesday, September 16.

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Chelsea disagree on Rice

Chelsea and Frank Lampard are yet to agree on a deal for Declan Rice, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein. 

Rice, 21, spent time in Chelsea’s youth system but was released and moved on to West Ham. Frank Lampard is now keen to re-sign the midfielder, but it is claimed not everyone at the club is desperate to do a deal. 

Chelsea have enjoyed an active summer in the transfer market, but Lampard now wants to bring in a goalkeeper and further reinforcements. Lampard believes he can convert Rice into a centre-back full-time and the move will help improve his defence.

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