Chelsea look set to sign a new goalkeeper, with Édouard Mendy incoming from Stade Rennais, our sixth first-team signing of the summer, but it sounds like we may still not be done after that — and not just because the transfer window doesn’t actually close for almost another month (October 5).
Final decision is now up to Rennes president. Mendy wants to join Chelsea and the club are trying to make it happen - that’s why Lampard decided to keep silence about this deal to respect Rennes. After signing a new goalkeeper, Chelsea will consider a move for Rice. #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 11, 2020
To be sure, it’s been a most excellent transfer window already, but one sector of the team that’s been largely overlooked has been central midfield. Of course, if we can keep N’Golo Kanté and Ruben Loftus-Cheek healthy, we are practically getting two new signings, one defensive, one attacking, but that’s unfortunately not guaranteed. Another defensive midfielder would certainly not go amiss in any case, and Chelsea appear to be thinking along the same lines as well.
According to multiple reports, the Blues will target one more signing this summer, a defensive midfielder, with Declan Rice still the first and basically only name on that shortlist. West Ham are expected to hold firm on their £70-80m asking price, but so were Leicester City on Ben Chilwell, and we got that done at around £50m.
“It was always the plan that there was no intention to lose Declan Rice – we had no bids and no enquiries. I can only tell you what I know, and I wouldn’t have wanted to lose him.
“He’s so important, a big part of the squad, has been captain already, and is learning a lot about leadership from Mark Noble. I’m hoping in the future we have an incredibly talented footballer with leadership skills and who is motivated to be captain of West Ham.”
-David Moyes; source: Metro
Granovskaia managed to negotiate a slight discount on Kai Havertz, too, so even though our spending for the summer is already well over £200m, there might still be room in the budget to squeeze in Declan at a reasonable price.
Or a not so reasonable price. Whatever it takes.
I’ve been told again that West Ham’s asking price of £80m remains an issue & other options are having to be discussed. But that doesn’t mean it’s over. E.g. Chelsea believe Rice can be persuaded to move (if price/deal agreed).— Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) September 11, 2020