Chelsea 'know' Declan Rice 'would choose' Stamford Bridge transfer

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Chelsea are confident that Declan Rice would choose them if he decides to leave West Ham this summer, says transfer insider Dean Jones.

The Blues are just one Premier League giant who are currently being linked with the midfielder.

What is the latest news involving Rice?

According to The Telegraph, Rice is a target for Chelsea, and West Ham are now expecting bids for their vice-captain in the summer.

The Blues are likely to face competition for his signature, though, with the same outlet claiming that both Manchester clubs are also keen on the player.

Elsewhere, the Evening Standard has suggested that Chelsea moving for Rice is not actually a guarantee, as they need to make space for Conor Gallagher following his successful loan spell with Crystal Palace.

Midfield is not a position where the European champions are light. They already have N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho and then Gallagher to return.

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What has Jones said about Rice to Chelsea?

Should Chelsea decide to make a move for Rice in the end, though, according to Jones, the Blues believe they will win the race for his signature.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the football journalist said: “From Chelsea’s point of view, they know that if Declan Rice had a choice of where to go, he would choose Chelsea.”

Do Chelsea have an alternative to Rice?

There seems like there is a lot of competition for Rice, while the England international is thought to be valued at around £100m by West Ham, so Chelsea signing him does not look like a guarantee.

In the event that they do not, AS Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni appears to be the alternative that the Blues will turn to.

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According to The Telegraph, the French youngster is another midfielder who the Blues are interested in. Therefore, it would not be a surprise to see them move on to him if they missed out on Rice.

The 21-year-old continues to impress at both club and international level, with compatriot Paul Pogba singing his praises earlier this season.

“Very very good. He’s not a boy, he’s a man,” the Manchester United star told Ouest-France (via MailOnline). “It was a pleasure to play next to him. He brings a lot of energy. A lot of energy, extraordinary technical and physical quality.”

Back in December, Marca reported that Monaco would ask for at least €60m (£50m) for Tchouameni, so the France international could be a much more viable option than Rice for Chelsea.

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