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Chelsea identify alternative target to Declan Rice?

Chelsea identify alternative target to Declan Rice?

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Chelsea could move for Boubakary Soumare?
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Chelsea could consider a move for Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, should they fail in their pursuit of Declan Rice this summer.

The Blues have already spent more than £220m on seven players and they are still on the search for a new central midfielder.

Rice is obviously the first-choice target for manager Frank Lampard, but a deal could be difficult with the Hammers said to demand around £80m.

Hence, the west London side are considering an alternative target and L'Equipe claims that Soumare has emerged as an option for the Blues.

Newcastle United had a £35m bid accepted for Soumare in January, but he decided to snub their advances to join a bigger club.

He has since struggled to secure regular gametime due to internal issues at Lille and reports claim that he could be available for a lesser fee.

It remains to be seen whether the Blues make an approach to sign him before the international transfer window closes on October 5.