Chelsea ready to offload Jorginho if they beat Man Utd and Arsenal to Declan Rice transfer

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 29: West Ham United's Declan Rice at the end of the game during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton FC at London Stadium on February 29, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
Rice is a target for the Premier League big boys (Picture: CameraSport via Getty)

Chelsea are reportedly ready to sell Jorginho, if they beat Manchester United and Arsenal to the £70million transfer of Declan Rice.

West Ham are ready to cash in on the defensive-minded midfielder with ‘nobody safe’ from a squad overhaul, which is the result of cash flow issues due to coronavirus and also the desire for David Moyes to rebuild the squad in the long-term.

Moyes would prefer to keep Rice but it’s recognised that he is one of the most valuable assets at the club.

Chelsea released Rice as a 15-year-old but view him as an ideal summer recruit.

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But his arrival could spell the end for Jorginho, according to The Sun.

Frank Lampard is a big fan of Billy Gilmour, who has impressed when stepping up to the first team this season, and N’Golo Kante is viewed as one of the most important players in the squad.

Rice recently opened up on the disappointment of being released by Chelsea after spending eight years in the club’s academy.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: Jorginho of Chelsea FC reacts during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on March 3, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
Jorginho could be offloaded (Picture: MB Media/Getty)

‘I had to overcome a massive disappointment of being released by Chelsea at the age of 14,’ Rice told Sky Sports’ Soccer AM.

‘That was everything I ever knew to be honest. From nine to 14, training there Monday to Friday, playing games and to get told you won’t be a part of that anymore was a major shock. I never thought it would have to happen but it did.

‘And then I had the fortunate chance to sign for either Fulham or West Ham and chose West Ham and started a whole new chapter.

‘I knew it was going to be tough, but always as a kid I wanted to be a professional footballer. Nothing was ever going to get in the way of me working as hard as possible to become that.

‘I was just so driven and wanted to be the best I could be. I had to make sacrifices, move away from home, move into new digs, and now all the decisions that I made have played out really well.’

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