Frank Lampard was ready to sell five Chelsea first-team players in order to fund a move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, according to reports.
Chelsea sacked Lampard on Monday after the team’s poor run of form in which they lost five out of their last eight Premier League matches.
During his time at the club, Lampard clashed with Chelsea hierarchy over a number of key transfer targets, with the manager proposing potential signings which were turned down by the board.
It’s believed that Lampard’s insistence on signing Rice from West Ham, who was released by Chelsea at the age of 14, annoyed some members of the blues’ hierarchy.
And according to The Telegraph, Lampard was so keen to bring Rice back to Stamford Bridge that he was willing to approve the sales of five players in order to meet West Ham’s £80m valuation.
The report claims that Lampard was ready for Chelsea to offload Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, who was wanted by Arteta at Arsenal, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and Kepa.
But following his exit, Chelsea’s board are not planning a new approach for Rice and believe the new head coach Thomas Tuchel has enough midfielders available.
The report also claims that Tuchel is a huge fan of Jorginho, who has started only eight matches in the Premier League under Lampard this campaign.
It’s also been reported that Lampard had also proposed the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and James Tarkowski, but both targets were rejected by Chelsea’s board.