Chelsea in the battle for 22-year-old Premier League midfielder

The London giants are reportedly the current favourites for the transfer of West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice due to their connections with the footballer. The 22-year-old midfielder was at Chelsea earlier in his career, spending some time in their academy before being let go, and it could be that he’s likely to come back to the London club.

Declan is valued at more than £70m this summer after his superb form for West Ham, and Chelsea’s links with the player look to put them ahead of the likes of Man United, Man City and Liverpool in the race for his signature.

England international is a top young talent who could undoubtedly do a job for any big six club, with Chelsea likely to benefit from bringing him in as an upgrade on the likes of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, who have their qualities but who have not been particularly consistent.

The Reds Devils would surely also love to have a talent like Declan on their hands, with the Hammers ace likely to be an upgrade on the likes of Nemanja Matic and Fred in the defensive midfield department. Declan can also operate as a centre-back, with both United and Chelsea perhaps in need of signings in that department as well this summer.