DECLAN RICE is pushing for a transfer to Chelsea, according to reports.
But West Ham insists they won’t sell the British star.
According to the reporter Fabrizio Romano, the vice-captain of the Hammers is looking forward to returning to Chelsea.
There is a suggestion that Rice’s agent is already in talks with the Stamford Bridge club about a potential move with the two neighboring clubs at the start of talks.
However, SunSport is aware that no official offer has yet been made by any club for the Three Lions International Tournament.
Rice, 21, was released by the Blues at the age of 14 before moving to London, where he made 111 first-team appearances.
Chelsea have already spent £ 230 million on this summer transfer window to bring Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and now Edouard Mendy.
But with less than two weeks to go, Frank Lampard is thought to be eager to complete his spree by landing Rice.
However, West Ham values their star – who can play in midfield or defense – at around £ 80 million.
That’s more than the Blues would be willing to jump to their feet, so they’ll be hoping to push that figure down, just like they did to sign Ben Chilwell for £ 50 million versus the £ 70 million Leicester wanted.
Chelsea fans were convinced Rice would join them after the West Ham star was photographed with “Agent Drogba”.
The ace of the Hammers was enjoying a well deserved vacation with best friend – and Blues star – Mason Mount in Mykonos, Greece, when he came across the Ivorian icon.
Rice was criticized for his performance in the 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle on the opening day of the season.
He captained the team in Mark Noble’s absence following their Arsenal defeat on Saturday.