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Chelsea to sell four players including Jorginho to fund Declan Rice bid?

Chelsea to sell four players to fund Declan Rice bid?
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Chelsea are reportedly ready to offload four players, including Jorginho and Andreas Christensen, in order to fund a move for West Ham United's Declan Rice.

Chelsea are reportedly looking to offload up to four players in order to raise funds to sign Declan Rice from West Ham United.

The Blues are understood to have turned their attention to signing Rice after agreeing a deal for Edouard Mendy, who is expected to be officially confirmed as a Chelsea player in the coming days.

However, West Ham are thought to be demanding €80m (£74.1m) for the 21-year-old England international - a price which Chelsea are unwilling to meet.

The Daily Star reports that Frank Lampard has earmarked four players he could sell in order to raise funds, having already spent more than £200m in the current transfer window.

At the top of that list is Jorginho, who fell out of favour with Lampard last season and had been linked with Juventus before Maurizio Sarri was sacked.

Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater are also deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge after the addition of Kai Havertz added to their already competitive midfield ranks.

The last of the quartet reportedly up for sale is Andreas Christensen, who has fallen further down the pecking order following the arrival of Thiago Silva.

Chelsea have been the biggest spending Premier League club this summer, bringing in Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Xavier Mbuyamba and Malang Sarr in addition to Havertz and Silva.

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