Chelsea won’t make a bid to sign West Ham captain Declan Rice, according to journalist Simon Phillips.
The reporter, who is known to have inside sources at the Blues, claims that the London club have cooled their interest in the England international:
“Unless there is a miracle, Chelsea won’t be landing Declan Rice this summer.”
It is believed that Brighton’s Moises Caicedo is now their top target, leaving Rice with one fewer option if he decides to leave the London Stadium at the end of the season.
Which teams are still left in the running for Rice?
There are still said to be as many as four other potential suitors for the 24-year-old, including Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich.
The latter has emerged as a contender just over the past week or so, with the Bundesliga club’s manager, Thomas Tuchel, reportedly a big fan of Rice.
Any team that wants to snap up the midfielder, though, will have to pay a substantial sum to secure his services. A fee between £100m and £120m has been reported, although that could be lowered if players are included in the deal.