Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel will be handed £200million to spend on new players this summer and it seems he could use a sizeable chunk of that figure on Rice.
What’s the latest news involving Rice?
That is because it is understood that the central midfielder would prefer to rejoin the Blues if he is to secure a move away from the London Stadium.
Manchester City and Manchester United are also in the running to prise Rice away from West Ham during the upcoming transfer window, which officially opens next month.
But the Hammers are desperate to keep the 23-year-old on their books and, in a bid to deter suitors, have slapped a £150million price tag on him.
Rice made 50 appearances as West Ham finished seventh in the Premier League standings and reached the semi-finals of the Europa League this season.
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What has Jacque Talbot said about Rice?
Talbot believes Chelsea could succeed in welcoming Rice, who is currently on a £62,000-per-week contract at West Ham, back to Stamford Bridge this summer.
The journalist feels the budget at Tuchel’s disposal would make a big-money move for the midfielder possible.
Talbot told GIVEMESPORT: “If they can get the takeover done, I’ve seen the amounts that they’ve been suggested to have – over £200million to go absolutely nuts – plus the player sales they can make as well, like Werner on a high contract there, then absolutely.
“Rice was in their academy, supported them as a child and is from Kingston-upon-Thames, so I think this certainly could happen. Rice could go to Chelsea in this window.”
Will it be easy to sign Rice from West Ham?
It is obvious that West Ham want to see Rice remain at the London Stadium, but they have a big decision to make after he rejected a third contract offer and made it clear he is open to securing a summer move.
It appears West Ham are now toying with the idea of inserting a release clause into a new contract offer and, if that were to be the case, it would help Chelsea as they would be aware of the figure they have to meet.