Chelsea are expected to be busy in the transfer market this summer.
The FA Cup finalists have already snapped up two players in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech but Frank Lampard is not expected to stop there.
The Blues continue to be linked with a whole host of players from Declan Rice to Jan Oblak.
Here we round up all the latest transfer rumours and gossip surrounding the club.
Two stars to be offered for Rice
Chelsea could offer two first-team stars in a bid to land West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
That’s according to The Times, who say the Blues could offer up both Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi as they look to land Rice.
Batshuayi has failed to cut it at Chelsea, spending plenty of time out on loan with three spells away, while Barkley is likely to be further displaced by the arrival of Ziyech.
Lampard is said to be very keen on Rice, who scored with a superb long-range effort in West Ham’s 3-1 win over Watford on the weekend
West Ham will turn down any attempt by Chelsea to offer Michy Batshuayi and Ross Barkley as part of a deal for Declan Rice and are adamant they have no intention of selling the midfielder.
Frank Lampard is searching for defensive reinforcements and has targeted Rice, who was released by Chelsea at the age of 14. The England international has flourished as a defensive midfielder in the past two seasons but is also capable of playing in central defence.
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Chelsea, who are closing in on a deal to sign the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, have explored the possibility of offering Batshuayi and Barkley in exchange for Rice. David Moyes tried to sign Barkley on loan in January and gave the midfielder his debut at Everton and West Ham missed out on Batshuayi when the striker joined Chelsea in 2016.
Although West Ham need to sell players to raise their transfer budget, it is understood they are not interested in a swap deal involving Batshuayi and Barkley and are confident they are capable of holding on to Rice. A move across the capital would appeal to the 21-year-old but his contract runs until 2024, enabling West Ham to put a hefty price on him. Another snag is that Batshuayi, who has a year on a contract worth £120,000 a week, is said to have no interest in joining West Ham.
West Ham, who are monitoring the Queens Park Rangers forward Eberechi Eze and the Wigan defenders Antonee Robinson and Cédric Kipré, have players to sell before Rice. There are doubts over the futures of Felipe Anderson, Fabián Balbuena, Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko. West Brom could look to make Grady Diangana’s loan permanent if they win promotion. The winger has impressed in the Championship this season.
Chelsea will have to come up with alarge offer to tempt West Ham into selling Rice and are likely to need to offload squad players after spending heavily to improve their attack with the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. Havertz is expected to follow in a deal worth at least £70m.
Lampard, whose side have struggled defensively, will need to make room in attack. Batshuayi is out of favour and although Barkley has had a decent campaign, the England midfielder could find opportunities limited if Havertz arrives.