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Chelsea eye Arsenal target Thomas Partey as Declan Rice alternative?

Chelsea eye Thomas Partey as Declan Rice alternative?
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Chelsea are reportedly considering Thomas Partey, who has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, as a possible alternative signing to Declan Rice.

Chelsea have reportedly identified Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey as a possible alternative to Declan Rice.

The Blues are understood to be willing to do one more deal in their big-spending summer and regard West Ham United's Rice as their top target.

However, the Hammers are demanding more than £80m for the England international, forcing Chelsea to consider other options.

The Guardian reports that Thomas is one of the names on their shortlist, despite heavy speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal.

The Gunners are keen to sign either Thomas or Houssem Aouar before Monday's deadline, but have so far been unable to agree a fee for either midfielder.

Thomas is available for £45m due to a release clause in his contract, making him a cheaper option for Chelsea than Rice.


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