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Richard Keys VERY boldly claims Chelsea want to sign Harry Maguire, Harry Kane AND Declan Rice

Richard Keys VERY boldly claims Chelsea want to sign Harry Maguire, Harry Kane AND Declan Rice

BeIN Sports presenter Richard Keys VERY boldly claims Chelsea are targeting England trio Harry Maguire, Harry Kane AND Declan Rice as they look to strengthen their squad this summer

  • Richard Keys says Chelsea want to build an English backbone for their team
  • The Blues are set to be taken over by US billionaire Todd Boehly
  • And former Sky Sports presenter Keys claimed he would sign a sensational trio
  • England stars Harry Maguire, Harry Kane and Declan Rice are the three in question

Chelsea are interested in signing Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Declan Rice this summer, beIN SPORTS presenter Richard Keys has sensationally claimed.

The Blues are set to be taken over by American tycoon and billionaire Todd Boehly, who is set to launch a massive transfer rebuild at Stamford Bridge this summer.

And former Sky Sports pundit Keys claimed in his blog that the club wanted an ‘English backbone’ for their squad and had booked Three Lions captain and Tottenham striker Kane, Manchester United defender Maguire and West Ham midfielder Rice.

Richard Keys has sensationally claimed Chelsea are targeting a move for Manchester United defender Harry Maguire

Keys also insisted the Blues are aiming to strengthen their squad with Harry Kane (left) and Declan Rice (right)

He said: “They need a centre-back. Harry Maguire? How much would it cost? 40 to 50 million pounds? I’m sure he would jump at the chance for a fresh start.

“The most obvious in midfield would be Rice. (N’Golo) Kante almost stopped. Rice would be a perfect replacement. Would West Ham sell? Of course they will if the money is good. I would give you 150 million pounds for him all day. If Rice pushes hard, it might not take that long.

The former Sky Sports broadcaster made sensational claims on a blog on his website

‘So who are they going ahead for? (Manager Thomas) Tuchel wants to get rid of (Romelu) Lukaku – it’s pretty obvious. But how far?

‘Who got the most out of him in his career? Correct – the Tottenham guy. So if (Antonio) Conte can be persuaded to stay – and he was keen to work with Lukaku again – what could Spurs do to get him?

“They wouldn’t want to pay anything like Chelsea did for him. So what about a player swap? Two players worth £50m each?

“An English backbone at Chelsea, I said. So Son (Heung-min) or (Dejan) Kulusevski wouldn’t interest them in The Bridge. That leaves one option. Yeah. England No. 9. Let’s see.

Keys says it’s obvious boss Thomas Tuchel (right) wants to get rid of Romelu Lukaku (left)

sports mail understands that Boehly will make substantial funds available to Thomas Tuchel to improve the squad in his first transfer window in charge.

But their London rivals are highly unlikely to demand less than £100million for Kane and Rice, and Maguire has endured poor form this year with the Red Devils.

However, the US-Swiss consortium will be immediately advised that signing defensive reinforcements should be a priority.

Antonio Rudiger is leaving to join Real Madrid while Andreas Christensen is set to join Barcelona – both on free transfers.

New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly will be asked to rebuild the club’s defense this summer

Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso’s future at Chelsea is also uncertain, with at least one of the two set to leave. Sevilla defender Jules Kounde is a long-term target for Chelsea, with the club ready to revisit their interest during the tight season.

Signing right-back Reece James – and midfielder Mason Mount – for contract extensions will also be a priority for Boehly.

Meanwhile, Keys has left Sky, along with co-presenter Andy Gray, after he made sexist comments about assistant referee Sian Massey.

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