Chelsea may have to sell N’Golo Kante if they want to sign Declan Rice from West Ham, according to reports.
The Blues man has been at the club since leaving Leicester City in 2016 and has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.
However, Rice has been a long-term target for Chelsea and they may have to part ways with the Frenchman if they want to sign the former.
According to daily mailthe Blues could sell Kante if they want to reach the £100m price tag West Ham have put on their star player.
Manchester United are also believed to be very interested in bringing the 23-year-old on a transfer this summer, but could now face a battle with his former side.
Rice was once part of Chelsea’s youth roster but was released by the club, before being signed by the Hammers.
The midfielder is also believed to ‘like’ to return to Cobham and he is waiting to see what level of interest the Blues have in him before making a decision on his future.
Rice has played 173 games for West Ham since his first senior appearance in 2017, scoring nine goals and assisting another nine in all competitions.
He has stepped back from his game to another level this season, becoming a crucial part of the hammer’s success on the pitch, including his late goal from Kidderminster’s Harriers in the FA Cup on Saturday, with his side eventually winning the tie for more time.