Declan Rice: Chelsea prepare Emerson swap deal to seal move for Villa star

Declan Rice: Chelsea prepare Emerson swap deal to seal move for Villa star

- Declan Rice has been on the radar of Chelsea football club for some time now

- Blues are reportedly prepared to swap Emerson in a bid to complete the deal

- Chelsea are expected to announce the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy any moment from now

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Declan Rice switch to Chelsea has lingered on for a while now but latest reports have it that Frank Lampard’s side would not mind offering defender Emerson as part of swap deal to land their target.

The Blues are reportedly willing to tempt the Hammers to allow Rice move to the Stamford Bridge and won’t mind Emerson going the opposite direction.

The Athletic are reporting that West Ham are desperate in keeping Rice who appear to be one of the most important player in their squad.

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And the Chelsea transfer boss Marina Granovskaia is considering offering full-back Emerson in part-exchange for the England international.

However with Chelsea prepared to offer 26-year-old, West Ham would be interested as they are also keen on bolstering their team.

Declan Rice: Chelsea prepared to swap Emerson to seal Declan Rice deal

Declan Rice still on the radar of Chelsea. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Italian international Emerson had a £23million price tag slapped on him last year amid interests from former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte who is now in charge at Inter Milan, but the Italian club is not willing to raise such an amount.

Despite spending over £200m this summer, Lampard remains keen to add West Ham's Rice to his squad for a potential Premier League title tilt.

The midfield anchorman was released by the Blues as a 14-year-old in 2014.

Meanwhile, Edouard Mendy’s deal to Premier League outfit Chelsea is almost completed with latest reports confirming that the Rennes goalkeeper has completed his medicals at the London club.

Mendy left the French club on Friday, September 11, with speculations that he was heading to the UK to complete the signing of his contract with the Blues.

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The Senegalese international is reportedly on the verge of joining the Blues who have reached an agreement with French League side Rennes over the transfer of their player after a breakthrough in talks between the two parties last week.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Chelsea got their Premier League campaign off to a flying start with an impressive 3-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion at the AMEX Stadium on Monday night, September 14.

The victory saw the duo of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner made their debuts, while the remaining summer arrivals will wait to make their first appearance for the club.

Both Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell missed the league meeting through injury, with Thiago Silva also playing no role.

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