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Wednesday's Chelsea transfer talk news roundup: Declan Rice, Antonio Rudiger, Paulo Dybala

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Chelsea on Wednesday, October 28.

The summer transfer window has now closed, with Chelsea among the busiest clubs and biggest spenders in world football.

After two windows without signing a single player, the Blues made up for lost time by splashing well over £200m on the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva. Attention will now switch to the January window and whether Chelsea will invest heavily again.

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

Wednesday morning's Chelsea transfer talk news roundup:


Chelsea 'still intent on signing Declan Rice'

Declan Rice warms up for West Ham on September 19, 2020© Reuters

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is reportedly still a leading transfer target for Chelsea.

The Blues were strongly linked with the 21-year-old over the summer, but West Ham are believed to have made it clear that they would not consider offers of less than £70m for the England international.

Rice has been in strong form for the Hammers in the early stages of the 2020-21 campaign and has captained David Moyes's side in five of their six Premier League fixtures this term.

According to the Daily Star, Chelsea are still intent on re-signing the defensive midfielder, with Blues boss Frank Lampard viewing him as a priority transfer target.

The report, though, claims that West Ham are currently drawing up a new contract for Rice, which would see him increase his wages to £120,000 a week, and are hopeful of agreeing a deal in the coming weeks.

Rice, who is now a key player for the English national team under Gareth Southgate, was released from the Chelsea academy at the age of 14, having failed to make the grade at Stamford Bridge.



Chelsea boss Frank Lampard 'to re-integrate Antonio Rudiger into first team'

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger pictured in July 2020© Reuters

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is reportedly likely to be provided with opportunities in the first team over the coming weeks.

Having fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, the Germany international has not been given a single minute of club football this season.

However, despite the Blues being willing to part ways with the 27-year-old, it appears that the player will be handed another chance by manager Frank Lampard.

According to the Daily Mail, the two parties have held extensive talks over recent weeks, resulting in Lampard being willing to re-integrate Rudiger back into first team matters.

The report suggests that the former Roma man could make his first Chelsea appearance of the season in one of their upcoming fixtures.

With Lampard having previously hinted that he would need to monitor the fitness of Thiago Silva, Rudiger could get his chance against FC Krasnodar in Russia on Wednesday evening.


More transfer news from Chelsea:

Fabio Paratici confirms Paulo Dybala contract talks
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