Chelsea keep a close eye on €50m-rated Premier League midfielder

The London giants will sanction the departure of Jorginho this summer to help finance their move for the Hammers Declan Rice. The English manager’s summer spending spree has already begun in earnest with Kai Havertz likely to join from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal worth nearly £90m.

Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner are already training with their new club following their moves from Ajax and RB Leipzig but Frank Lampard’s attention will now turn to bolster the back-line which represented his side’s Achilles’ heel last campaign.

Sergio Reguilon has been identified as a cheaper alternative to Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell, while Blues stay in the battle for a new shot-stopper with the English manager having lost patience with the Blues current record addition Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Frank Lampard is a huge admirer of Declan’s and reportedly views the midfielder as the perfect candidate to build a new-look central defensive unit around. Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori all endured mixed seasons and the latter is said to be interesting Ligue 1 club Rennes.

West Ham United stays adamant England international will not be sold this summer and value him in excess of £60m, but the Blues could comfortably meet that asking price should they find a taker for Italy international who is likely to be deemed surplus to requirements.

Bianconeri stay keen on Jorginho despite having already Blaugrana’s Arthur Melo to their squad, effectively in exchange for Miralem Pjanic. Asked about Maurizio Sarri’s interest in signing his client, Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, did not deny that a move could be a possibility if the Old Lady can find an agreement with Blues.