Chelsea boss Frank Lampard unwilling to change Declan Rice plan despite West Ham stance

Chelsea are set to table a significant offer for Declan Rice before Monday’s transfer deadline because Frank Lampard is “in love” with the West Ham star.

That’s according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who claims the Blues will not make a move for any alternatives if their pursuit proves unsuccessful.

Lampard has been handed almost £250million worth of new recuits at Stamford Bridge this summer, bolstering his squad with the likes of Kai Havertz (£72million), Timo Werner (£54million) and Ben Chilwell (£50million).

Despite that hefty summer outlay, though, it is believed Chelsea are still targeting a move for Rice late on in the window.

Chelsea have identified West Ham ace Declan Rice as a top transfer target
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West Ham are determined to keep their star man, who they value at an eye-watering £73million, and assistant manager Alan Irvine insisted on Sunday that he will “absolutely” remain at the London Stadium this season.

Yet according to Romano, Chelsea will test the Hammers’ resolve by launching an “important bid” before the transfer window closes on Monday.

Frank Lampard is reportedly “in love” with the midfielder
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“Chelsea, I’d keep an eye on the situation with Declan Rice of West Ham,” he said.

“Frank Lampard is in love with him. He wants Declan Rice after a terrific window already in a positive way, Chelsea have been fantastic this summer.

“They’ll try for Declan Rice, but West Ham are convinced they’ll keep the player. They won’t sell Declan Rice, so it won’t be easy.

But West Ham remain determined to keep hold of their £73million-rated man
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“If Chelsea try, it’ll be an important bid, because at the moment West Ham say they’re going to keep Declan Rice.

“I don’t see any other players coming, because they just want top…