The Daily Telegraph’s Matt Law has revealed that West Ham have put a £100million price tag on midfielder Declan Rice, amid interest from Chelsea.
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Chelsea are believed to hold an interest in signing West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, although the Hammers are keen on keeping hold of the 22-year-old for the foreseeable future.
The Blues finished fourth in this year’s league campaign, and will be hoping they can add to their squad, after winning the Champions League this term, with a win over Premier League rivals Manchester City.
West Ham are also set to compete in Europe next season though, after finishing sixth in the top-flight standings under the management of David Moyes.
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Speaking to London is Blue, Law has revealed that Chelsea are ‘being told’ £100million to secure a deal to sign Declan Rice, with the midfielder currently on wages of £62,000 per-week according to Salary Sport.
But Law also claims that the it ‘could get interesting’ if West Ham’s asking price drops to £70million, although it remains to be seen as to whether that’ll be the case.
THE VERDICT: COULD PRICE CHELSEA OUT
We can’t see Chelsea wanting to pay £100million for Rice this summer due to the financial implications of the pandemic, even though he’s caught the eye with a number of strong performances for England at the European Championships.
You can’t blame West Ham for wanting to keep him at the club for the foreseeable future either, as Rice has been a regular in their starting XI in recent seasons, starting 32 league matches this season.
He’s made the defensive midfield position his own in Moyes’ squad, and it’s good to see the Hammers trying to price Chelsea out of a move for him.
But if the Blues are to eventually submit a formal offer for Rice, then it’ll be interesting to see whether the midfielder is tempted by a move to Stamford Bridge or not, potentially taking it on himself to force the move.
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