By Daniel Feliciano

28th Sep, 2022 | 12:40pm

Chelsea still hold interest in West Ham United star Declan Rice, could make offer next summer

Chelsea could be ready to test the resolve of West Ham by making a bid for Declan Rice in next summer’s transfer window, according to The Telegraph.

The Blues have long been linked with a move for Rice, but have so far baulked at the Hammers’ valuation of £150m for their captain.

But as Todd Boehly looks to continue his record-breaking spending in west London, Rice remains on the club’s radar and despite being warned off making an offer last summer Matt Law says they are ready to make a move next year.

“But, regardless of the futures of Kanté and Jorginho, Chelsea are planning to try to sign at least one young, top-class midfielder next summer with Declan Rice also still on the club’s radar,” they said [28 September].

“Chelsea’s owners were warned off making a bid for Rice by West Ham United in this summer’s transfer window, but may well test the resolve of their London rivals next summer.”

It’s time

As fans we obviously never want to see Declan Rice not wearing claret and blue, but it seems inevitable that he will leave and next summer seems like the right time.

His current contract runs until 2025 (including the one-year option the club hold) and he has given his all since breaking into the side, becoming our most important player by a distance.

But with the team struggling this season in the Premier League, it shows there are limits to what can be achieved right now and Rice is too good not to be playing in Europe’s elite competition and competing for trophies.

Chelsea can offer that, and it’s well documented that he would welcome a move to Stamford Bridge if the opportunity came up, and we all know that Boehly isn’t afraid to splash the cash.

So long as they’re willing to pay the price, and we don’t set a crazy price to make his exit impossible and upset him, it feels like this will be Rice’s final season at the London Stadium as a West Ham player.