Chelsea identify £30million worth player as Declan Rice’s alternative

Chelsea are reportedly identified a player from the French League who will be the alternative to West Ham midfielder, Declan Rice.

The Blues pulled off an unbelievable comeback away to West Brom to rescue a point.

Goals from Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham pegged back West Brom’s three first half strikes.

The game however, highlighted the need for further acquisitions, and Frank Lampard is expected to step up his interest in pursuit of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

Lampard is believed to be open to allowing Jorginho to leave the club to free up funds for the ex-Chelsea academy player.

Chelsea have not made a concrete offer for Rice, but they are expected to test the water as early as Monday.

Boubakary Soumare of Lille is reportedly a back-up option for the West London club should they be priced out of a move by West Ham.

It is believed that Soumare could be bought for as little as £30million, almost half of what it would cost to bring Declan Rice back to the club.

Inter Milan have also ruled themselves out of the race for Chelsea’s N’golo Kante, the Inter sporting director squashed all rumours about the player making the switch to Italy.

Piero Ausilio said: “Kante is not on the market, he’s a starter Chelsea. We’re not in talks for him also because we’ve already 8 midfielders in our team”

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