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Chelsea evening headlines as Rice deal may be funded by three departures, Grant lauds Ziyech

Good evening, Chelsea fans. Here are your evening headlines for Thursday, November 12.

Chelsea open to selling trio to land Rice

Chelsea could reignite their interest in West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice in the January transfer window, with Frank Lampard prepared to sell three stars to fund the move.

The Blues were heavily linked with a deal to bring the England international back to Stamford Bridge during the summer, but Irons boss David Moyes blocked any potential deal for his star asset

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However, according to a report from Football Insider, Lampard remains determined to land the 21-year old, who was released from Chelsea’s academy in 2014.

The report cites sources that claim Lampard is willing to listen to offers for Jorginho, Marcos Alonso, and Antonio Rudiger in January to raise the £60 million West Ham will demand for Rice.

The Hammers are not openly looking to sell Rice, who has played every minute of Premier League action for Moyes’ team this season, but a big-money offer from Chelsea could test their resolve and trigger Rice’s ambition to play Champions League football.

Former Chelsea boss backs Ziyech for starring role

Ex-Chelsea boss Avram Grant believes Hakim Ziyech can become a crucial player for Lampard this season.

The Moroccan international has impressed since making his delayed debut due to injury, with two goals and four assists in all competitions so far.

The former Ajax star turned in an outstanding display in Chelsea’s 4-1 Premier League over Sheffield United before the international break and Grant backed him to be the ‘sensation of the year’ in an interview with The National.

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