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Declan Rice to Chelsea transfer: Marina Granovskaia plan, £100m demand, contract decision made

Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel are looking to bolster their squad before the summer transfer window slams shut at the end of August.

The Blues are yet to make a signing, but there have been plenty of names linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge as Tuchel looks to somehow improve on last season.

Declan Rice is a name that refuses to go away, with the West Ham United midfielder being heavily linked with a return to west London.

Rice was released by Chelsea as a teenager and his impressive performances for the Hammers, and England throughout Euro 2020, have seen him once again involved in the transfer rumour mill.

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With that being said, football.london has rounded up all the reports regarding Rice and a possible move to the European champions.

Tuchel reignites Chelsea interest

Just days after Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League final in Porto, it was reported by The Telegraph that Blues boss Tuchel had identified three summer signings that he wished to make this summer.

One of them was West Ham ace Rice, which came as a surprise considering that the Blues had cooled their interest in the England international following the departure of Frank Lampard back in January.

However, Tuchel has opted to reignite Chelsea’s interest in the Hammers star as he looks to strengthen the club’s central-midfield options this summer.

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Hammers’ valuation

West Ham are believed to value Rice at around £100million, making it clear that they are determined to retain his services for as long as possible and not lose him.

Interestingly, in comparison to the Hammers’ valuation of the defensive-midfielder, his true value, according to the CIES Football Observatory, is only somewhere between £50million and £70million.

That, thus, may put Chelsea off a move if the Hammers refuse to budge on their own valuation….

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