Chelsea may be readying themselves for Sunday’s FA Cup third round tie against League Two side Morecambe, but transfer talk never halts.
The Blues are experiencing a dip in form at the moment and pressure is growing on Frank Lampard to deliver some results after a run of just one win in their last six league games.
Owner Roman Abramovich sanctioned the signings of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy last year, but recent results could tempt the west London club back into the market this month.
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Meanwhile, Chelsea also need to focus on trimming their current stable of players, with plenty of people hoping to make a permanent move or find a new home on loan.
It is set to be a busy period on and off the pitch for the Blues, and with that in mind here are the latest transfer rumours surrounding the club.
Lampard and board at odds over Rice pursuit
There is reportedly tension between Chelsea’s board of directors and manager Lampard over the club’s interest in West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.
That’s according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, who reports that some figures at Stamford Bridge “harbour reservations” about Rice, who was released from the club’s academy when he was 14 years old.
Lampard is a big admirer of Rice and it is the Blues boss who is leading the pursuit of the 21-year-old, but the club are unconvinced of his qualities and the amount it would take to sign him.
Sky Sports reported that Chelsea saw a £50million bid rejected in August and it seems that, behind the scenes, the club are not agreed on the possibility of making another bid.
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