The summer transfer window has now begun, with rumours and speculation continuing to swirl as Chelsea eye possible reinforcements.
The Blues failed to bring in a single player during the January window, despite seeing their transfer ban cut short by FIFA, but have already been busy this summer.
Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings from Stamford Bridge.
Monday morning's Chelsea transfer talk news roundup:
Chelsea reportedly remain confident about eventually finalising a deal for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.
The Hammers have frequently insisted that they have no desire to part ways with the England international during the summer transfer window.
However, Chelsea allegedly regard the defensive-minded player as a key addition, resulting in the West Londoners being prepared to bid in excess of £40m.
Although an offer of that size would likely be rejected by West Ham, The Sun claims that Chelsea are optimistic that negotiations can reach a positive conclusion.
Blues officials feel that their West Ham counterparts are eager to raise funds due to the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic and to bring in their own targets.
Co-owner David Sullivan has recently acknowledged that the club have been left frustrated in their efforts to sign new players for David Moyes's squad.
Manchester United have reportedly made an enquiry for Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante.
The Red Devils are expected to be active in the transfer market before the deadline and continue to be linked with a big-money move for Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.
However, according to The Mirror, the Red Devils are also eyeing a surprise swoop for Kante, having made contact with the France international's advisors to discuss a possible deal.
The report claims that the 2018 World Cup winner would have to take a 'big cut' on his £300,000-a-week wages in order to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, but the deal is a possibility as the Blues are said to be open to allowing the former Leicester City midfielder to leave.
Frank Lampard's side are allegedly attempting to complete a deal for West Ham United's Declan Rice, which could see Kante depart before the transfer deadline.
Inter Milan have also been strongly linked with the two-time Premier League title winner but recently ruled themselves out of the running.
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