Although relegation would force West Ham into the sale of their most prized asset, the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic may also lead to Rice being allowed to join a bigger club this summer.
Despite West Ham being against the England international linking up with a city rival, Chelsea are one of the few teams in Europe who can afford the versatile 21-year-old.
Here, Sports Mole takes a look at where Rice may feature in Lampard's starting lineup, taking into account other business which could take place in order to accommodate his arrival.
During his time at the London Stadium, Rice has been used as the most defensive-minded player in the middle of the pitch, either in a two or three-man partnership.
However, at some point in the future, he is expected to make the full-time transition into a centre-back, a position which Chelsea desperately need to strengthen over the coming months.
While Rudiger has been less than convincing of late, the Germany international is expected to remain at Stamford Bridge next season to help compatriot Werner settle into life in West London.
Given his attributes and stature, Rice may prefer that Lampard uses a back three on a more regular basis, allowing him to play in the middle of the defence with players either side of him.