Monday's Chelsea transfer talk news roundup: Declan Rice, Jorginho, Conor Gallagher

The summer transfer window has now begun, with rumours and speculation continuing to swirl as Chelsea eye possible reinforcements.

The Blues failed to bring in a single player during the January window, despite seeing their transfer ban cut short by FIFA, but have already been busy this summer.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings from Stamford Bridge.

Monday morning's Chelsea transfer talk news roundup:

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Chelsea are reportedly looking to offload up to four players in order to raise funds to sign Declan Rice from West Ham United.

The Blues are understood to have turned their attention to signing Rice after agreeing a deal for Edouard Mendy, who is expected to be officially confirmed as a Chelsea player in the coming days.

However, West Ham are thought to be demanding €80m (£74.1m) for the 21-year-old England international - a price which Chelsea are unwilling to meet.

The Daily Star reports that Frank Lampard has earmarked four players he could sell in order to raise funds, having already spent more than £200m in the current transfer window.

At the top of that list is Jorginho, who fell out of favour with Lampard last season and had been linked with Juventus before Maurizio Sarri was sacked.

Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater are also deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge after the addition of Kai Havertz added to their already competitive midfield ranks.

The last of the quartet reportedly up for sale is Andreas Christensen, who has fallen further down the pecking order following the arrival of Thiago Silva.

Chelsea have been the biggest spending Premier League club this summer, bringing in Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Xavier Mbuyamba and Malang Sarr in addition to Havertz and Silva.

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Leeds United are reportedly keen to sign Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher on a permanent basis.

Having made an impact on loan at Charlton Athletic and Swansea City last season, the academy graduate is expected to spend his next temporary spell at a Premier League club.

As well as Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion, Leeds have been heavily linked with the 20-year-old.

However, according to the Daily Mail, the Yorkshire giants want to sign the England Under-21 international on a permanent basis.

The report suggests that Marcelo Bielsa is a big admirer of the prospect after being left impressed by his performances in the Championship.

As it stands, Chelsea are likely to insist on a loan exit for the player, who is highly regarded by Frank Lampard.

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