Chelsea ‘know Declan Rice wants to come to the club’ as West Ham face transfer battle

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Chelsea believe Declan Rice wants to leave West Ham in order to seal a return to Stamford Bridge, it has been claimed. The England international sparkled last season as the Hammers secured Europa League football. And he was also one of Euro 2020’s standout performers as the Three Lions lost to Italy in the final.

Chelsea wanted to sign Rice a year ago.

However, after shelling out on the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, the Blues refused to make an official bid.

Now, with Chelsea the new champions of Europe after winning the Champions League, they’re ready to go after Rice again.

And Eurosport’s Dean Jones, speaking on The Football Terrace podcast, has claimed the Blues believe the West Ham star wants to come to the club.

“Let’s call it an informal enquiry,” he said.

“Chelsea are definitely going to go to West Ham and say what’s it going to take.

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“They’re going to do it because they want to know.

“Even if they don’t decide to pursue it after that point, they need to get the ball rolling, they need to know how possible it is and they know that the player wants to come.”

Rice isn’t the only player on Chelsea’s wishlist.

They’re also eager to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, especially following the departure of Olivier Giroud to Serie A giants AC Milan.

Dortmund have regularly insisted the Norway international won’t be allowed to leave the club, especially after allowing Jadon Sancho to join Manchester United.

But Jones has claimed Chelsea will launch a bid if they receive encouragement that Haaland wants to join.

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“Chelsea’s thought is ‘what if we offered double that (his £66m release clause) now,” he said.

“I spoke to people at Dortmund and that’s the only way they see them having their heads turned over this situation.

“Because you’re saying ‘right now, we can get double the money we’d get in a year that’s much closer what his actual evaluation is.’”

And he then added: “Look, Haaland’s advisors have been told that the club still have no intention to let him leave this summer.

“That’s the stance right now. But, as I said with Jack Grealish, there’s always a figure. Always a figure that changes these things.

“And we’ll have to see whether Chelsea actually decide they’ll go and do it.

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“And they’ll only decide to go and make an offer like that, first of all, if they’re absolutely convinced Haaland wants to join them.

“They’re not going to waste their time otherwise. They’ve been working really hard on that for a few months, even gone and become champions of Europe to make sure he’ll be happy at the club.”

Meanwhile, Rice recently penned an emotional statement after seeing England lose the Euro 2020 final.

“It’s difficult to put into words how I’m feeling this evening,” Rice said.

“I’m of course absolutely devastated with the result last night and need some time now to process the massive disappointment we are all feeling. To get so close is heartbreaking, and I know all of us around the country are hurting.

“However, the biggest emotion I am feeling is pride. I am so proud to be a part of this squad. The last four weeks I’ve had the best time of my entire life and the journey we have all been on together as players, management, staff, fans and as a nation has been special.

“It’s been a true honour to represent our country at a major tournament and together we’ve all created memories that will last a lifetime.

“We win together and lose together, and although it’s painful today this is just the start for this squad and we will be back better, stronger and ready to go again.

“Thank you so much to everyone around the country for the incredible support for all of us during the whole tournament. Seeing everyone come together as we have over the last month has been amazing and I know there are great days ahead.

“We are all hungry for success and the future is bright for this group!”

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