Former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie O’Hara has urged Chelsea to consider selling N’Golo Kante and replace him with West Ham’s Declan Rice.
Chelsea have been linked with the England International all through the summer while Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte plots how to sign Kante from Chelsea.
O’Hara believes it’s more beneficial to Chelsea to catch in on Kante and use the money to buy Rice.
“If Chelsea have the opportunity to bring in Declan Rice now and get rid of N’Golo Kante, it has to happen,” O’Hara told talkSPORT, as quoted by Express.
“Is he an upgrade on Kante? 100 per cent!
“He is not the finished article but what you’ve got is the potential – he is 21 years of age, he is already playing for England and he is arguably the best defensive midfielder England have got right now.
“Alright, he has not done what N’Golo Kante has done but, in my mind, he is going to be a better player.
“He gives more to the team in terms of the way Chelsea want to play, he receives it on the half turn and wants to play it forward.
“He’s like Michael Carrick. For me, he is the Michael Carrick that Manchester United had when they dominated and he was underrated at that club – that’s what Rice is.
“Declan Rice can go to Chelsea and be the Michael Carrick of that era.”
Kante struggled with injuries throughout last season but still managed to start 20 out of 38 Premier League matches, scoring 3 goals.