- Declan Rice was the subject of a new offer from Chelsea's new owners, but West Ham United declined it
- The Hammers are not prepared to sell the England midfielder this summer and are adamant on keeping him for the 2022/23 season
- West Ham insists Declan Rice will not be sold unless their £150m valuation for the midfielder is met but Chelsea are unwilling to match that amount
Chelsea has seen a second approach to sign Declan Rice from West Ham United turned down by the Hammers as Thomas Tuchel seeks to bolster his squad for the 2022/23 season.
The Blues have suffered a major blow to their squad size this summer after losing some quality players including Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen after the expiration of their contracts.
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The Hammers are still confident that Rice would agree to a new deal before the start of the upcoming campaign, although any new agreement the 23-year-old signs might have a release clause.
Declan Rice still has two years left on his current West Ham contract but it is believed Chelsea will return for the third time for the midfielder but will include Armando Broja and Ross Barkley in a part-exchange deal for the midfielder.
Chelsea make player swap deal offer for Matthijs De Ligt
Meanwhile, Chelsea are leading the race to sign Juventus central defender, Matthijs De Ligt after the Dutch defender handed in a transfer request seeking to leave the Italian giants.
The Blues have tested the waters now with a £38m offer to Juventus plus striker Timo Werner going the other way as part of the deal Chelsea News reports.
The £103 million release clause in De Ligt's Juventus contract, which is set to expire in 2024, means that the team will only consider bids that are close to that sum.
Man City striker warned against moving to Stamford Bridge
Earlier, Sports Brief reported former Man City star Trevor Sinclair has warned Raheem Sterling against joining Chelsea this summer.
Sterling is believed to be a top transfer target for the Blues who are keen to strengthen their striking department ahead of next season.
Chelsea’s new owner Todd Boehly wants to make the England forward his first major signing, with the West Londoners currently in talks with Man City over a transfer deal.
Source: Sports Brief News