Chelsea are interested in signing Republic of Ireland and West Ham defensive midfielder Declan Rice. Report says the Blues are ready to strengthen their defence if the transfer window goes ahead this summer.

The 21 year old Deccan Rice, has been close friends with Chelsea’s attacking midfielder Mason Mount since their days together in the academy and the pair have more recently impressed together for the national side.

Republic of Ireland youth international Rice has been a consistent figure for West Ham and bagged two assists in 29 Premier League appearances before football was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chelsea were in the market for a new young defensive midfielder in January and were among the clubs interested in Boubakary Soumare, but the young Frenchman opted to stay at Lille.

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