After a successful summer transfer window, all eyes will be on Chelsea when the January window officially opens for business in a few weeks time.
The Blues, who secured their place in the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening, snatching a late 2-1 win over Rennes, were the Premier League’s headline spenders over the summer, spending more than £220million on a crop of new signings.
Despite getting deals over the line for the likes of Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, who have all enjoyed fantastic starts to life in west London, Chelsea were still keen to get one more deal done before the bell.
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Throughout the summer the Blues were closely linked with a move for West Ham United and England midfielder Declan Rice, with head coach Frank Lampard having been keeping close tabs on the 21-year-old’s progress.
However, Chelsea, who face Tottenham Hotspur in a crunch Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, were unable to get a deal over the line, with the Hammers refusing to budge on their £80million valuation.
Nevertheless, Chelsea have continued continued to keep tabs on Rice ever since, meaning they could look to make a fresh move for him in January, with the Express reporting that a move should not be ruled out.
Though Rice has consistently been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for much of this year, there has always been question marks as to where Lampard would look to play him, with the prospect of him being transformed into a centre-back being debated.
Now, though, Rice has made it very clear as to where he sees himself as playing in the future.
Speaking to Sky Sports, as quoted by the Metro, Rice said: “I’ve played midfield now for the last three seasons. I think people get carried away with kind of what…