Liverpool appear to have been boosted in their efforts to sign Declan Rice, with journalist Fabrizio Romano claiming the midfielder will leave West Ham next summer following recent comments from the player.
The Lowdown: Rice impressing at World Cup
The 23-year-old has developed into a top-class footballer already, becoming one of the first names on the team sheet for both West Ham and England.
The midfielder has been linked with a move Liverpool of late, as Jurgen Klopp eyes reinforcements in that area, and a fresh update regarding the player’s future seems promising for the Reds and other prospective suitors.
The Latest: Romano makes Rice exit claim
Taking to Twitter, Romano shared quotes from Rice hinting that he will leave West Ham at the end of the season, with the reporter adding that he believes that will be the case.
The Italian tweeted a clip from Football Daily and stated:
“Declan Rice: ‘I see my friends who play in the Champions League, winning the big trophies. You only get one career and at the end of your career you want to look at what you’ve won’.
“Expectation is for Rice to leave West Ham in 2023.”
The Verdict: Would he cost too much?
There can be few question marks over Rice’s worth as a player now, with the England international still so young but such a formidable presence in the middle of the park.
Whether or not Rice’s price tag ends up being too high for the Reds is a potential stumbling block, though – a fee of £100m has been mooted – and it could be that a similarly talented player is available for less than the English premium which can often come into play.