Chelsea are still determined to sign Declan Rice either during the January transfer window or at the end of the season, and Blues transfer guru Marina Granovskaia might have a way of funding the move.
Rice was the one who got away for Chelsea in the previous transfer window.
Having seen out their transfer ban, the Blues went all-out to provide Frank Lampard with the players he wanted for his new-look side.
They broke the bank to buy the likes of Kai Havertz for £72million, Timo Werner for £53m, Ben Chilwell for £50m and Hakim Ziyech for £37.5m.
But still, they were unable to sign one of Lampard’s top targets – West Ham star Rice.
The Hammers played hardball over the midfielder throughout the window, and refused to reduce their asking price of £73m.
After already spending £250m this summer, that proved to be a price too steep to add on the top.
However, they remain interested and have been tipped to move during January or the summer.
That could all depend on whether they are able to sell players to fund the move, however, but according to Football.London they could end up with more money than they need.
Chelsea currently have a string of unwanted players on the fringes at Stamford Bridge, with the likes of Emerson Palmieri, Marcos Alonso, Danny Drinkwater, Olivier Giroud and Antonio Rudiger all unlikely to play much going forward due to new signings.
Combined, they have a value on Transfermarkt of £63m, meaning they’d be well on their way towards funding a move for Rice.
Add on Abdul Rahman Baba and that total reaches £65.1m.
But there’s one other player Chelsea could cash in on, though they’d end up making a significant loss.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has fallen down the pecking order after the arrival of Edouard Mendy, and appears to have lost the support of Lampard.
He was signed for £72m – a club record fee before the signing of Havertz this year.
Now, however, he has a value of just £16.2m, meaning Chelsea would make a severe loss if they did end up selling for a fee in that region.
If Chelsea did sell, they’d have freed up £81.3m, which should be more than enough to go after Rice.
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