Frank Lampard has reportedly urged Chelsea bosses to fund a transfer for Manchester United target Declan Rice.

The West Ham midfielder started his career with the Blues before leaving for the Hammers as a teenager.

Rice has since turned into a key player at the London Stadium and his performances over the last couple of seasons has linked with with a move elsewhere.

The Red Devils have been most heavily linked with the 21-year-old, who is valued by West Ham at around £70m.

He is a close friend of Mason Mount following his time at Stamford Bridge and may prefer to join up with him and also to remain in London should he ever move.

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Frank Lampard wants to sign Declan Rice for Chelsea

And Sky Sports claim Chelsea boss Lampard wants to sign the midfielder to slot into his starting XI next season.

Rice recently signed a new long-term deal, putting West Ham in a strong negotiating position but should they be relegated from the Premier League, this could change.

The Hammers are current precariously positioned in the table but like everyone else at the moment are in the dark over whether or not the season will actually be completed.

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Frank Lampard wants to sign Declan Rice for Chelsea

The coronavirus crisis has left many parts of Europe in lockdown with all sporting events being postponed until further notice.

Rice and Mount were both embroiled in controversy last week after the pair were spotted playing football when they should have been self-isolating.

Mount apologised but the incident did not go down well with Lampard after Chelsea’s first-team players had been ordered into quarantine after winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus.

When action does get back under way, whether it is this season or into a new season, Lampard will be given a large pot of cash to spend.

Chelsea’s transfer ban meant they were unable to sign any players until the last transfer window and even then no new players were signed.

Should the team finish in the top four the coffers will be filled even more and Rice may just be one of the main targets.