By Saikat Mandal

24th Jun, 2022 | 6:40am

Chelsea could make contact with West Ham United officials in coming weeks to sign Declan Rice

Chelsea could contact West Ham officials in the coming weeks with a fresh approach to sign Declan Rice, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The former Bleacher Report journalist told Give Me Sport (23 June) that signing Rice is a priority under the new era of Todd Boehly.

The American business tycoon with a net worth of £3.6 billion ($4.5bn) [Goal] is looking to help Thomas Tuchel rebuild the side, and Rice appears to be one of Chelsea’s prime targets.

Rice has remained silent about his future plans, but it has been reported that he is more than open to the prospect of joining the Blues.

Fight till the end

The situation of Rice has been well documented, and nothing has changed. 

Rice is currently enjoying his vacation and he is not expected to agitate a move away from the club, although he harbours a desire to play in the Champions League. 

He has rejected several contract offers from West Ham, but the Hammers are pretty relaxed about his situation. 

They don’t want to lose him this summer but the club could allow him to move on next year if he still doesn’t pens a new deal. 

At the moment, it will take a massive massive bid to lure him away from the club. The Hammers have made clear how much they want, a figure easily over £120-130 million, and Chelsea must pay the amount if they are serious about landing him. 

The situation of Rice could be handled with care. It could come under discussion in talks for Armando Broja, the Blues striker, who has emerged as the top target for West Ham.