Chelsea have made Declan Rice their number-one transfer target for 2023. The London giants have a long-term interest in the 23-year-old midfielder, who was on their books as a youngster before being let go by the academy. Potter recently replaced Tuchel in the Stamford Bridge dugout, but he too is an admirer of him.
The Blues will focus their recruitment attempts next summer on pricing Declan away from West Ham. Rice will not come cheap, having previously been valued by Irons coach David Moyes at £150m. The Englishman is under a deal at the London Stadium until 2024, but the Hammers have an option to extend his deal by another 12 months.
The aforementioned report states that Todd Boehly enquired about Declan in June, only to be told that he was not for sale. The Irons could be more open to a deal ahead of the next campaign, though, especially if they miss out on European qualification this term.
And the English midfielder, who will turn 24 in winter, may believe that 2023 is the right time for him to take the next step in his career. The Blues are keen to refresh their midfield at the end of the season when Jorginho and Kante will both be out of the deal.
The London giants has not yet decided whether to offer new contracts to the pair, but both footballers are over 30 and are not long-term options in the centre of the park.