Report: Chelsea set to offer West Ham both Barkley & Batshuayi in swap deal for Declan Rice this summer

Chelsea are reportedly willing to offer their London rivals West Ham United both Michy Batshuayi and Ross Barkley in a swap deal for Declan Rice this summer.

Frank Lampard is keen to strengthen his defensive options in the summer transfer window after a underwhelming campaign that has been his side concede 49 times in the Premier League.

The Blues boss identified Rice, who has emerged as key player for the Hammers in the last two seasons, at the top of his transfer list, because of his ability to play in both central defence and defensive midfield.

And, according to The Tines, the Blues are hoping to tempt their London rivals West Ham United into an exchange deal with Chelsea willing to offload both Barkley and Batshuayi to the Hammers if it will help to get their man.

But it is claimed that Chelsea have already been rebuffed and West Ham have made it clear they have no intention of selling Declan Rice. They are also said not to be interested in Barkley or Batshuayi.

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