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Friday's Chelsea transfer talk news roundup: Declan Rice, Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Chelsea on Friday, September 18.

The summer transfer window has now begun, with rumours and speculation continuing to swirl as Chelsea eye possible reinforcements.

The Blues failed to bring in a single player during the January window, despite seeing their transfer ban cut short by FIFA, but have already been busy this summer.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings from Stamford Bridge.

Friday morning's Chelsea transfer talk news roundup:


Declan Rice 'could tell West Ham United that he wants Chelsea return'

Declan Rice pictured for West Ham United in July 2020© Reuters

West Ham United's Declan Rice is reportedly considering pushing for a move to Chelsea.

Blues boss Frank Lampard is said to be determined to bring the England international back to Stamford Bridge before this summer's transfer window closes on October 5.

West Ham, though, are said to value the defensive midfielder in excess of £70m - a figure that the Chelsea hierarchy are allegedly not prepared to meet in the current market.

According to The Independent, despite having a contract at the London Stadium until June 2024, Rice could attempt to force a move to Stamford Bridge over the next few weeks.

The report claims that the 21-year-old is currently deciding his best course of action and could force his club's hand by signalling a desire to leave.

Rice was released from the Chelsea academy at the age of 14 after seven years with the club.



Edouard Mendy's agent says Chelsea deal could be done "tomorrow"

Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy pictured in October 2019© Reuters

The agent of Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has said that Chelsea could complete a deal for his client on Friday.

The Blues have been strongly linked with the 28-year-old in recent weeks as they attempt to bring a new stopper to the club to replace the underperforming Kepa Arrizabalaga.

There was thought to be a hold up in the agreement with the French club allegedly informing Chelsea that they wanted to sign central defender Fikayo Tomori as part of the arrangement.

However, according to Djily Dieng, "the two parties have come to an agreement", meaning that a transfer could be completed and announced before the end of the week.

"The two parties have come to an agreement. All that's left is the formalisation," Dieng told Stades. "It could even be done tomorrow, if all goes well. Afterwards, the player will come to finalise everything, including having his medical examination."

Mendy will reportedly sign a five-year contract with Frank Lampard's side.


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