Frank Lampard recently revealed his strong desire to sign Declan Rice during his tenure as Chelsea manager. In an interview on Steven Bartlett’s ‘Diary of a CEO’ podcast. Lampard expressed his intention to bring the midfielder to Chelsea and had plans to make him the club’s captain for an extended period.
Currently, there is widespread speculation that Rice will soon become Arsenal’s new record signing. With an official announcement being the only thing pending to finalize the deal for a reported fee of approximately £100 million.
Chelsea had long been in view as the frontrunners to secure the signing of Declan Rice due to several factors. Firstly, Rice had previously been part of Chelsea’s academy. Creating a connection and familiarity with the club. Additionally, his close friendship with Mason Mount, who had become a prominent figure at Chelsea, further fueled speculation.
Furthermore, Rice’s performances have consistently improved in recent seasons. Leading to him being ‘world-class’ during the last campaign. His development as a player has only added to the belief that he would be an ideal addition to Chelsea’s squad.
Chelsea and Lampard’s desire
During his tenure at Chelsea when Mason Mount was making his way into the first team, Frank Lampard revealed that he actively sought to bring Declan Rice to the club. Lampard expressed his belief that Rice had the potential to become the long-term captain of Chelsea. However, despite his efforts, the transfer did not materialize.
Currently, Chelsea has shifted their focus in midfield transfer ambitions towards signing Moises Caicedo. The club has been engaged in extensive discussions with Brighton regarding a significant financial deal for the player.
During the summer transfer window, Thomas Tuchel had shown a strong interest in signing the English international. However, recent indications suggest that the player has expressed a desire to remain in England, potentially influencing Tuchel’s stance on pursuing the transfer.
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