Chelsea to agree deal for sturdy holding midfielder

With the on-going contract crisis engulfing at West Ham, Chelsea are ready to make a bid for Declan Rice in a bid to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.

Having been released by the Blues when he was only 14, the teenage start went ton to sign and play for West Ham academy. At 19, Rice has already established himself as one of the core members of Manuel Pellegrini’s team.

The holding midfielder who is currently on a £3,000 a week wage is yet to agree over an improved contract. Previously, he had been offered £20,000 a week by the Hammers. However, the deal was rejected by Rice who believes he is contributing more than the figure suggested.

At the moment, West Ham are in talks with the player’s representatives as his current deal expires in 2020. According to Metro, London-based club and 2017 EPL winners Chelsea are ready to bring back Rice to the club. Having let him go at 14, Chelsea want to get back their former academy player at a time they believe he is not expensive.

The player is highly rated at West Ham and has been touted as the Hammers future captain in recent times. Nonetheless, he wants his wages to be in line with that picture of a future captain and more importantly, that of his first-team colleagues.

Chelsea’s interest in the player has seemingly made it difficult for the Hammer to agree terms with the player. The Blues are ready to pay Rice £40,000 a week as they believe he can strike a lethal partnership with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante.