- 29 November
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Frank Lampard wanted Declan Rice at Chelsea
Rice will be announced as Arsenal's record transfer imminently - his move surpassing the £72m they paid Lille for Nicolas Pepe in 2019 - once his medical is complete.
The England star's arrival will bolster Arsenal's midfield, and the Gunners' gain is very much Chelsea's loss.
He was released at 14 and made his name at West Ham, where he won the UEFA Conference League as captain last season, and while Chelsea missed the chance to promote him to their first team from their academy, they could have brought him back before now.
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Lampard: 'I wanted Declan Rice'
"When I was at Chelsea before, I wanted to bring in Declan Rice," Lampard told Steven Bartlett in an exclusive interview with the Dragon's Den star.
"I was like 'this kid is going to be the captain of Chelsea for the next 10 years.' It didn't happen. Anyway, it is hard to dissect people's work."
Lampard was Chelsea manager between 2019 and 2021, and again, on an interim basis, last season after Graham Potter had been sacked.
He was backed in the signings of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Edouard Mendy at the end of his first season, but reportedly fell out with then Chelsea's co-director Marina Granovskaia the following summer, with moves for Rice, Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang and James Tarkowski shot down.