Why Chelsea may have given up on £150m midfielder this summer » Chelsea News

Declan Rice is a long term Chelsea target, and we fully expected the Blues to restart their chase for him once their new ownership is in place.

But it’s not going to be easy – he has a long tie left on his contract and West Ham are asking for £150m for him as it stands.

The Athletic today write that this is putting off a lot of clubs who would otherwise be keen on him.

Their piece on the subject outlines the situation exactly as we feared:

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“Manchester United and Manchester City are also in the running [with Chelsea] but all three clubs have not made any contact yet and are set to wait for the 23-year-old’s contract to run down further before making an attempt.”

Chelsea – no matter who owns them – are just not going to be offering £150m for Rice. They, like the two Manchester clubs, will surely test West Ham’s resolve with a smaller bid, but assuming it’s rejected, they will then have to bide their time and wait for another year to pass, gradually diminishing the Hammers’ leverage.

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Assuming that’s true, the question then becomes – what does Thomas Tuchel want in the interim? Do we spend on a midfielder this summer knowing that Rice could be coming to us a year or two down the line? Or do we keep our powder dry for a big Rice bid next summer?

It will be very interesting to see the Todd Boehly group’s mentality here.

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