By Tom Gott and Graeme Bailey
Chelsea could be looking to sign both Brighton’s Moises Caicedo and West Ham’s Declan Rice as their need for midfield reinforcements grows stronger, 90 minutes he understands.
With N’Golo Kante moving to Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad on a free transfer, Chelsea are set to lose at least four of their senior midfielders this summer.
Along with Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are in talks for permanent moves to Manchester City and Milan respectively, while Denis Zakaria returned to Juventus after Chelsea he declined to turn his loan into a permanent deal.
As a result, reinforcements in midfield are a top priority this summer and Chelsea, who have already lost the signing of Manuel Ugarte at Paris Saint-Germain, now have both Caicedo and Rice in their sights.
90 minutes understands that Chelsea are pushing to find a deal for Caicedo and has not yet ruled out launching a simultaneous move for Rice to strengthen the midfield.
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The Blues are well aware of the level of interest in both players from elsewhere. Caicedo tops Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s wish list, who is also known to be keen to lure Rice to the Emirates Stadium this summer. The Gunners are believed to be leading the race for England.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Bayern Munich are also monitoring Rice, which he is should be the subject of significant offers now that West Ham’s Europa Conference League campaign has come to a triumphant end.
The rice is valued at over £100m and West Ham are keen to keep that figure steady. His current contract runs until 2024, but the Hammers have the option to extend it for another 12 months.
Brighton’s demands for Caicedo are not expected to be so high, with an £80m fee deemed sufficient to secure the Ecuadorian international’s signing.
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