Chelsea board have reached a stand-off over a switch transfer for West Ham United star Declan Rice, regardless of supervisor Frank Lampard’s appreciation of the midfielder.
Rice had drawn the curiosity of Chelsea up to now few days.
Chelsea has already signed the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell, whereas they’re additionally near sealing a deal for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
However Lampard nonetheless needs to usher in yet one more participant earlier than the switch window closes subsequent month and has recognized Rice as his goal.
The England gaffer believes Rice will be reverted right into a centre-back and assist bolster his backline this season.
Nonetheless, in accordance with The Athletic’s David Ornstein, not everybody shares Lampard’s view, and there are vital reservations over the deal from various individuals in Chelsea’s board.
The largest situation is the value West Ham will demand for Rice, which will probably be in extra of £70million – a payment Chelsea is unlikely to have the ability to match with out together with gamers in a swap deal.
Rice started his profession at Chelsea, however the latter joined West Ham after he was let go by the Premier League giants as a youngster.