Midfielder ‘is the number one’ transfer target for Chelsea

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Chelsea priority target is West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice, fans have been told

Over the past few seasons – Rice has developed into one of the very best holing midfielders in the Premier League and is a man that is ready for that next step.

It is no secret that the club are massive fans of the gifted midfielder and are ready to make a move – especially as Graham Potter wants to take his side back to the very top.

Now – if you believe the words of journalist Simon Phillips – he is the number one transfer target for us in the coming transfer windows.

Speaking to GMS, the journalist said: “We’ve been told for months now that Rice is going to be a priority target for Chelsea come the summer. There’s no chance, I don’t think, of him moving in January.”

Sergio Aguero recently claimed that the Chelsea transfer target is at the ‘same level’ as Barcelona legend Sergio Busquets.

‘For me he is a great player and is at the same level as the best midfielders like Busquets, Rodri and Casemiro,’ Aguero said of Rice in an interview with Stake.

‘It seems to me that he is valued. What happens is that with him not being in a ‘Big Six’ team, he does not get talked about as much.

‘But he has proven himself and I think he is one of the strengths of the England team at the World Cup.’

Rice is currently in Qatar with England as they prepare for the World Cup and Manchester City hero Aguero has praised Gareth Southgate’s squad.

‘I think they have a team to get excited about,’ Aguero added.

‘They could not win the Euro but they showed in that tournament that they are a team to be feared.

‘I know they have had some losses in defence but they have replacements and also a mix of young players already established like Foden, Mount, Declan Rice, Rashford, Bellingham and Saka with others with more experience like Sterling, Henderson and Kane.’

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