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Arsenal alerted as Chelsea plan Rice offer

Chelsea are readying a bid for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

The Mirror says Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is a huge admirer of Rice and has made him one of his top transfer targets.

But West Ham have been adamant they will not sell in this window and Chelsea know it would take a huge bid and that could mean they have to offload.

Arsenal are watching developments closely as Mikel Arteta is desperate to strengthen his midfield and Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey and Lyon star Houssem Aouar remain his priority targets but has been struggling to get deals done.

They cannot afford either deal until they get rid of players and, despite holding talks with Lyon over Aouar, they have hit a deadlock.

That has seen them look at other targets and they now include Jorginho who could be allowed to go in this window as Chelsea may also look to balance the books.

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