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Chelsea 'confident of Declan Rice deal'

Chelsea 'confident of Declan Rice deal'
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Chelsea are allegedly confident of eventually concluding a deal for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.

Chelsea reportedly remain confident about eventually finalising a deal for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.

The Hammers have frequently insisted that they have no desire to part ways with the England international during the summer transfer window.

However, Chelsea allegedly regard the defensive-minded player as a key addition, resulting in the West Londoners being prepared to bid in excess of £40m.

Although an offer of that size would likely be rejected by West Ham, The Sun claims that Chelsea are optimistic that negotiations can reach a positive conclusion.

Blues officials feel that their West Ham counterparts are eager to raise funds due to the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic and to bring in their own targets.

Co-owner David Sullivan has recently acknowledged that the club have been left frustrated in their efforts to sign new players for David Moyes's squad.

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