Chelsea have been urged deliver ‘this period’s Michael Carrick’ to Stamford Bridge by signing Declan Rice as a substitute for N’Golo Kante.
Kante has been linked with a transfer away from the Blues this summer time, with reported curiosity from golf equipment in Italy and the London membership slapping him with a £80million price ticket.
And, ought to the two-time Premier League champion depart, Jamie O’Hara insists they need to spend that cash on attempting to prise Rice away from their capital rivals West Ham.
Rice is reportedly subsequent on Frank Lampard’s wished checklist because the Chelsea supervisor appears to be like to proceed his summer time spending spree.
Having already constructed a formidable new-look squad with the arrivals of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell for a mixed £131.3m, the Blues are anticipated to make German wonderkid Kai Havertz their subsequent arrival, and the signing of Rice may push the membership’s summer time spending to over £250m.
Rice can be regarded as valued at £80m by West Ham, though Chelsea are hoping to signal him for a reduced worth, simply as they did for Chilwell who signed for £50m regardless of Leicester City’s preliminary calls for of £70m.
And O’Hara believes the England worldwide can be a giant improve on Kante.
The 29-year-old Frenchman is a World Cup winner and broadly considered probably the greatest defensive midfielders within the sport, however O’Hara insists Rice has the potential to be higher and has likened him to Manchester United icon Carrick.
“If Chelsea have the chance to usher in Declan Rice now and do away with N’Golo Kante, it has to occur,” the previous Tottenham ace stated on The Sports activities Bar.
“Is he an improve on Kane? 100 per cent!
“He isn’t the completed article however what you’ve obtained is the potential – he’s 21 years of age, he’s already enjoying for England and he’s arguably one of the best defensive midfielder England have gotten proper now.
“Alright, he has not finished what N’Golo Kante has finished however, in my thoughts, he’s going to be a greater participant.
“He provides extra to the staff when it comes to the best way Chelsea need to play, he receives it on the half flip and desires to play it ahead.
“He’s like Michael Carrick. For me, he’s the Michael Carrick that Manchester United had once they dominated and he was underrated at that membership – that’s what Rice is.
“Declan Rice can go to Chelsea and be the Michael Carrick of that period.”