After spending north of £200million in the summer transfer window, vast sums are not wildly anticipated during Chelsea’s January transfer activity.
However, given their recent poor form, losing four of their last six matches, pressure is mounting on Frank Lampard and that could translate to activity in the transfer market.
We have an update on the hottest target and whether Lampard and the club are in agreement over whether he is the right player to pursue.
Chelsea also have a myriad of youth and reserve players who they must shift to make space in the squad and on the wage bill. We have updates on two potential outgoings.
Here is a round-up of the latest Chelsea transfer rumours.
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Chelsea chiefs have Rice doubts
Chelsea chiefs reportedly have doubts over whether West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is of the required quality to make the step up to a top-six, Champions League-competing team.
Rice has long been a target of Chelsea’s and could have joined his boyhood club in the summer had West Ham lowered their reported £80m price tag.
However, in a Q and A on the Athletic’s YouTube channel, David Ornstein revealed that, while Lampard is a huge admirer of Rice and is keen to add him to the squad, not everyone at Chelsea is fully convinced that the 21-year-old is good enough.
Ornstein reports that some are hesitant to commit to the massive financial investment it would require to prise Rice away from West Ham and are still a little unsure as to whether he has fixed some of the weaknesses he possessed when he was released from the Chelsea academy as a teenager.
Tomori loan blocked
Fikayo Tomori could see a proposed loan move to Leeds United blocked as Chelsea look to hang onto depth at the previously well-stocked centre-back position, per recent reports.