Todd Boehly’s stance on Declan Rice Chelsea transfer revealed as six signings promised to Tuchel

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Chelsea’s new owner Todd Boehly has Declan Rice hot on Chelsea’s transfer ‘agenda’ this summer and could initiate contacts from his camp as early as next week as big things have been promised to Thomas Tuchel this summer.

Now that Romelu Lukaku’s situation has been resolved with a loan to Inter Milan expected to be confirmed next week, all eyes have turned towards the £ 200million rebuild that will largely be made up of various attacking and defensive signings. However, midfield is an area of ​​need still and West Ham’s number 41 alongside the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni were two of the big targets the Blues had coming into the transfer window. But circumstances with numerous player departures has meant that midfield planning has had to take somewhat of a back seat in recent months.

“For months, the noises were that Chelsea would go for one of Rice or Tchouameni this summer. But the latter looks off the table now (partly due to the impact of sanctions) while the [former] may prove far too expensive, ” football.londonChelsea’s chief correspondent Adam Newson updated on the midfield situation in a recent Q&A. “Boubacar Kamara was looked at given his contract situation but Chelsea never went all in and he’s now joined Aston Villa. Another name that’s cropped up is PSV’s Ibrahim Sangare, but I do not know how genuine the interest is at this stage.

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“Under ‘normal’ circumstances, the defensive midfield position would have been a priority, but it’s now obviously the defense after the departures of Rudiger and Christensen. And until the futures of Kante and Jorginho are sorted, it’s difficult to see Chelsea going hard for a midfielder, especially with Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Conor Gallagher, Billy Gilmour and Ethan Ampadu already on the books. “

In fact, Gallagher’s emergence and Gilmour’s return has posed the question as to whether or not the current World Champions need reinforcements in the center of the park? Nonetheless, despite this theory, the likes of Adrien Rabiot amongst others have been linked to making a move later in the transfer window. But this could depend on at least one midfielder leaving.

Jorginho was of huge interest to Juventus earlier on in the transfer window but the Old Lady have just re-signed Paul Pogba. Whether they follow through with their initial inquiry remains to be seen. Loftus-Cheek could be on the move with former manager Maurizio Sarri keen on a reunion with the Englishman in his Lazio side.

One of these respective exits will need to happen before a potential move for Rice is formally initiated. But, it seems as though Boehly, who is keen to make at least two marquee signings this summer, is adamant to try and sign at least one of Raheem Sterling or Rice respectively.

This is because Dean Jones via Give Me Sport has reported that: “A move for Declan Rice is on the agenda at Chelsea as part of the fast-moving new era of Todd Boehly. Early indications from sources suggest the Blues could even contact West Ham officials in the coming weeks with a fresh approach. “

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On the contrary, The Telegraph’s Matt Law reckons a move for the West Ham star if it was to happen this summer would be done at the rear end of this transfer season.

Regardless, it is going to be a busy summer in SW6 transfers wise with The Telegraph also confirming what football.london knew a while ago that the budget set for Tuchel on this whole squad rebuild is £ 200million plus any extra generated through player sales.

football.london understands that West Ham will not budge on their £ 150m valuation of Rice. Of course, the Blues could use David Moyes’ interest in a certain Armando Broja to try and get what they want – even if that means building a rapport with the east Londoners to make a move for the Three Lions international next summer more likely.

Chelsea fans – realistically, who would you want to see the club sign in the midfield area if West Ham aren’t to budge on their £ 150million valuation of Declan Rice? Let us know your thoughts down below in the comments section!

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