Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia decides on two pieces of January business

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Chelsea transfer guru Marina Granovskaia has decided on two major priorities for the January transfer window, according to reports. The Blues are set for a busy window despite forking out £250million in the previous summer.

Chelsea are set for another busy transfer window in the new year, with one particular target in mind.

Frank Lampard and Granovskaia went all-out in the summer to improve the squad, making seven new senior signings.

The highlights of the spending spree were Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech, who all cost significant transfer fees.

But there was one target they missed out on, West Ham’s Declan Rice.

The Blues were desperate to sign Rice, with reports suggesting Lampard was determined to bring him in as his new leader at the back.

However, West Ham kept to their £73m valuation, and Chelsea decided that was a price too steep to pay.

Rice himself is apparently eager to join the Blues, having come through the club’s academy.

He is still good friends with Mason Mount, and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano believes he would prioritise a move to Stamford Bridge over any other club.

Romano told the Here We Go podcast: “Declan Rice is still pushing to join Chelsea. But it is up to Chelsea to negotiate a fee with West Ham, which will be difficult in January.”

Their second piece of transfer business is also in the defensive position, with reports suggesting they are set to offload Fikayo Tomori.

The defender has been pushed down the pecking order as a result of Thiago Silva’s arrival at the club.

He rejected the chance to leave during the summer window, and apparently turned down a loan spell with West Ham despite everything being agreed between the two clubs.

Leeds United and West Ham are both still interested, but it seems they will both be disappointed.

Reports suggest Chelsea would prefer to loan him to French side OGC Nice in the January transfer window.

Chelsea have a good relationship with Rennes after the summer, when they concluded a deal to sign Edouard Mendy from the French side.

And apparently, they’d prefer to send Tomori out to France instead of keeping him in the Premier League with a different club.

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