Date published: Friday 12th June 2020 4:13
Chelsea are planning to offer Michy Batshuayi as part of a deal to get their hands on West Ham star Declan Rice, claims a report.
Transfer expert Ian McGarry has claimed that Frank Lampard sees Rice as the “vocal presence” and perfect in a new role for the Blues at the back.
McGarry says England midfielder Rice “indeed is very much fancied by Chelsea with regards to a return” and that has been backed up by The Athletic, who also state Frank Lampard has his eye on the player.
The outlet report that Lampard could use a Belgian striker Batshuayi as a potential makeweight in a bid to land Rice, who reportedly has a price tag of between £50m-£60m.
There’s no hiding from the fact that Batshuayi will be pushed further down the pecking order if Chelsea complete their proposed £54million deal for Timo Werner.
In fact he was already behind Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud, and a training game last week saw the 26-year-old left without a shirt number.
Rice swap deal
His future at Stamford Bridge looks bleak and now Chelsea are plotting to use the Belgium forward as bait in a bid to try and sign Rice.
West Ham are long-term admirers of Batshuayi, although Crystal Palace are also keen on landing the the no.9 on a permanent basis after a spell on loan at Selhurst Park last season.
Batshuayi has scored 25 goals in 77 games for Chelsea since his £33million move from Marseille in 2016, including six this season, but he is expected to leave in search of regular playing time to keep alive his Euro 2020 chances alive.
Rice meanwhile, has been courted Manchester United, but the player’s price tag is believed to have put off United.
Chelsea though mean business this summer and having already paid €40million for Hakim Ziyech, they have agreed a deal for Werner, are actively chasing Ben Chilwell and are looking at Kai Havertz.
Adding Rice, who is under contract until 2024 at the London Stadium, into that mix would make Lampard’s squad pretty formidable as they attempt to become title contenders next season.