Chelsea ‘ready to offer three players’ in Rice exchange deal

Chelsea are reportedly ready to offer Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma and Michy Batshuayi to West Ham in an exchange deal involving Declan Rice.

England international Rice was on Chelsea’s books prior to joining the Hammers and continues to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

There has been much speculation over his future, with reports suggesting he could well leave the east London club when the transfer window reopens.

Manchester City and Manchester United have also been linked with Rice, but he is thought to favour a return to his boyhood club.

He would not be cheap, though, and Chelsea have already made significant outlays to secure the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

So it seems likely that players will be shipped out in order to make room for new signings.

And Football Insider say Tomori, Zouma and Batshuayi could move to the London Stadium as part of a deal.

Tomori going would apparently only be a loan deal, with Zouma and Batshuayi available either on loan or for permanent moves.

Blues boss Frank Lampard rates Tomori, having had him on loan at Derby County last season and given him a first-team chance this term.

But the youngster faces stiff competition for a place and may well go elsewhere next season to ensure he plays regular football.

Zouma was recently recalled to the side by Lampard but there remains speculation over his future – Tottenham have also been linked with the centre-back.

And striker Batshuayi, who has been linked with West Ham many times in the past, clearly has no future at the Bridge.