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Chelsea boss Lampard to step up spending with Havertz AND Rice bids

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is ready to take their summer spending to the next level in the coming weeks.

The London Evening Standard says the Blues are set to press ahead with a move for Kai Havertz, after his season with Bayer Leverkusen ended in defeat in the German Cup Final — and Lampard is considering a move for West Ham's Declan Rice to help improve his defence.

Lampard has identified Havertz as one of his top targets and Chelsea's pursuit of the 21-year-old has been given a boost after Bayern Munich pulled out of the race to sign him.

Real Madrid have shown an interest in Havertz, but Lampard hopes to strengthen his attacking options further, following the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.

Havertz, who is valued at £70million, is expected to leave Leverkusen after they missed out on Champions League qualification. He is nowset for talks with the club over his future, after they lost 4-2 to Bayern in Saturday's final.

Chelsea are weighing up a move for Rice, after identifying the West Ham youngster as a possible centre-back option, as Lampard bids to shore up his defence.

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