Romano Confirms Chelsea Remain “Interested” 100M Rated Midfielder Despite Recruiting Fernandez

Chelsea are still “interested” in signing West Ham captain Declan Rice this summer, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

The Italian journalist claims that Arsenal are also in the mix for the 24-year-old and the player’s valuation could be close to £100m:

“I think the price could now be around £90-100m, but it depends on many factors and it’s really too early to predict the final price tag. Arsenal and Chelsea have always been interested but let’s see if Manchester United or Man City will join the race.”

Considering the Blues have only recently splashed out on Enzo Fernandez, who cost £107m, it would be a surprise if Graham Potter’s side will be in a position to spend a similar fee on Rice as well.

There is no doubt that if N’Golo Kante leaves when his contract expires in June that a replacement will be needed but there are Financial Fairplay regulations to consider.

Chelsea’s squad is extremely big at the moment, so it’s likely that sales will be the first priority come the end of the season. Once they have balanced the books somewhat, there could be enough room to manoeuvre so a move can be made for Rice.

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