It is no secret that the England midfielder has a close link to Chelsea, whether that be the fact he grew up supporting them while playing for the academy as a boy, or whether it be his great friendship with Mason Mount. Either way, Declan Rice will have earned a big move on merit based on his performances for West Ham United this season, playing a crucial part in their qualification for the Europa League.
His form at club level has led to him being one of the first names on Gareth Southgate’s England team sheet and a strong showing at the rest of this summer’s European Championship may nudge his price tag up even further.
Tuchel’s preferred system of two central midfielders in 3-4-3 is nicely suited to Rice who could slot in alongside N’golo Kante in that position, having formed a very impressive duo with Tomas Soucek in a two-man midfield at club level this season.
Chelsea are favourites to be Rice’s next club at 3/1 and it remains one of the most talked about transfers this sumer.