Chelsea are reportedly facing an uphill battle to land West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, despite offering two players in a swap deal.

The Blues are understood to be very keen on the 21-year-old, who is under contract until 2024. But Frank Lampard publicly dismissed interest in Rice recently.

Last month Lampard said: “Declan Rice is a good player, you’re right, and I’ve known Declan Rice for a long time. He was in the Chelsea academy, but there’s no talk.

“I keep saying, about every player we’ll be asked about. Until these games and this season is finished, there’s nothing to say.”

However, The Times now claims that Chelsea ‘have faced resistance to try’ and sign Rice. Adding that the Hammers ‘do not want to sell’ one of their top assets.

The report adds that the Stamford Bridge outfit ‘are willing to offer Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi to West Ham United as part of a swap deal for the England midfielder’, but the Hammers are not interested in either player.

David Moyes’ men are now in a ‘stronger position’, after avoiding relegation. And that could prove tougher for Chelsea to land Rice.

There even reports last week that Chelsea were willing to offload Jorginho in order to raise funds to sign Rice.