Deadline Day Twist: Declan Rice among three players link to join Chelsea today

This deadline day is full of new twist even as Thomas Tuchel will want to strengthen his squad as the Blues mount a title challenge this seasonChelsea seem like they are one player short of their incoming transfer targets this summer.

Romelu Lukaku was signed for £97.5million and hit the ground running, scoring on his second debut for the Blues against Chelsea.

But he’s been the only ‘starter’ the European Champions have bought to the club so far and if anything, more players have cleared out their space in the changing rooms with not only Tammy Abraham leaving west London but Kurt Zouma as well.

With that being said, there are plenty of players the club have been linked with and it would not shock anyone if Marina Granovskaia works her magic one last time this window and secures another signature for Thomas Tuchel.

Odds courtesy ofSkyBetand accurate as of 5amon August 31.

Saul Niguez, Atletico Madrid.

According to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, this move is off the table and the odds reflected that.

The midfielder is 2/7 to stay in Spain and 3/1 to make the move to Stamford Bridge.

It’s unlikely but if Cristiano Ronaldo could make a return to Manchester United, we can’t rule out Chelsea’s getting their man.

Declan Rice, West Ham

Mason Mount’s best friend and former Blues academy player, Rice would be an excellent addition to Tuchel’s side.

With N’Golo Kante struggling to stay fit, the English midfielder’s reliability is a real strength.

However, the Hammers have got off to a blistering start and this transfer won’t be cheap.

The club aren’t favourites at 8/1, United are at 3/1, but Rice’s preference to don the Blue of Chelsea could swing things their way.

Sam Johnstone, West Brom.

This one comes as a bit of a surprise but bare with us.

Eduard Mendy is the clear first-choice at the club and Kepa Arrizabalaga is currently pencilled in as the No 2.

Marcus Bettinelli was signed this summer from London-rivals Fulham on a two-year deal.

But that hasn’t stopped Johnstone from being tipped to leaving the Championship and making a return to the Premier League.

At 33/1, this is a long shot. But with Mendy away at the start of the year at the Africa Cup of Nations, Johnstone could be an emergency option in January should Kepa or Bettinelli pick up a knock as the season progresses. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

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