£90m ‘revelation’ could be Chelsea’s own Declan Rice

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At just 14, Chelsea decided to unleash a budding young prodigy.


At the time, we would not have done much with this decision. Many academy candidates will get dumped at a young age and go on to enjoy careers outside of the game.

However, the boy in this case made Cobham eat their words; Declan Rice.

He was once deemed too small and so he went in search of a club that valued him more. It was West Ham United, the team he captained to a European final this season.

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The midfielder also reached the European Championship final as a mainstay in Gareth Southgate’s England side.

Inevitably, the 24-year-old was related with a return to Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal are now believed to be favorites to secure his signature. However, what if Todd Boehly and co could bring a very similar player to West London this summer?

Well, a deal might just be on the table for a certain Moises Caicedo.


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The Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder was coincidentally heavily linked with the Gunners in January.

The Ecuadorian international submitted a transfer request in a bid to secure a departure but it ended in disappointment. Instead of moving then, Roberto De Zerbi promised a switch at the end of the campaign, something he now seems ready to seal.

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Arsenal remain interested in the £90million man, but Chelsea are now said to be frontrunners. It is according to one VBETnews journalist who took to Twitter yesterday to say:

“Chelsea are leading the race to sign Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo.”

The news comes amid a busy period of transfer activity for this season’s underachievers who also appear set to land Sporting CP’s Manuel Ugarte, with the player reportedly open to a move to the side. by Mauricio Pochettino.

Who does Moises Caicedo look like?

According to FBref’s model of similar players, Caicedo is comparable to Thiago Alcantara, Jorginho and Nemanja Matic.

However, it is the player who ranks fourth in this statistical comparison who will make Bridge’s heart beat faster; some rice.

This may come as no surprise given the position they play on the pitch, but it paints them as two assets ready to impact games in different ways.

The first similarity to note is their hard tackling nature with Caicedo earning 1.43 tackles per 90 this season compared to 1.04 for Rice. They also make an almost identical number of blocks, proving their ability to be in the right place at the right time more often than not to close out a shot opportunity. The first is 1.23 against 1.24 for the second per 90 minutes.

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This ability to read the game nicely sums up the number of interceptions these two midfield warriors make with the Brighton ace recording 1.60 for 90 to the West Ham captain’s 1.73.

Although Rice is more of a marauder, making 2.42 progressive carries per 90 to Chelsea’s 1.09 target, they are also active in the final third, with the former registering 2.75 shot-creating actions to 2, 52 for the second.

What all of this describes is that they are incredibly combative in central areas, with the ability to grab the game by the scruff of the neck in every third of the pitch.

Chelsea may well regret their decision to let Rice go a decade ago, but in Brighton’s ‘revelation’ – as he’s been dubbed by Jamie Redknapp – they could finally repair that injury.

It will cost a pretty penny to get it away from the south coast, but it will surely be worth it.

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