Chelsea are ready to offer West Ham United Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi in exchange for a deal to sign Declan Rice, according to reports.
Rice has been a key part of the Hammers’ side over the past two seasons and has captained the side in recent weeks as he’s helped them all but secure their place in the Premier League.
The England international started his career with Chelsea before moving to West Ham after he was released at the age of 14.
Now, The Times report that Frank Lampard is keen to bring the defensive midfielder back to Stamford Bridge as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of next season.
The Blues have conceded 49 times in the Premier League this term which sees them still in a battle to secure a top-four finish going into their final two matches.
And with Rice’s ability to play at centre-back and in the holding role, his versatility and defensive traits have caught the eye of Lampard.
It’s claimed that in order to bring the 21-year-old across London, Chelsea would offer Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi in part-exchange.
Barkley has failed to hold down a regular place in the side since his move from Everton in January 2018, while Batshuayi has started just one Premier League game under Lampard and is entering the final year of his contract.
However, it’s reported that the Hammers have already dismissed any idea of that happening as they aim to keep Rice, plus are thought not to be interested in the Chelsea duo.
Lampard has already made moves in the market ahead of next season, securing deals for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner and Ajax forward Hakim Ziyech.