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Chelsea to make multi-player swap for West Ham midfielder Rice

Chelsea are ready to make a multi-player swap offer for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.

The Times says Chelsea are willing to offer West Ham both Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi in a swap deal for Rice this summer.

Frank Lampard is keen to bolster his defensive options in the summer transfer window after a disappointing season that has seen his side concede 49 times in the Premier League.

Rice, who has emerged as key player for the Hammers in the last two seasons, appeals to Lampard because of his ability to play in both central defence and defensive midfield.

The Blues are hoping to tempt West Ham into an exchange deal with Lampard willing to offload both Barkley and Batshuayi to the London Stadium if it will help get their man.

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