West Ham set final price for Arsenal, Chelsea or Man Utd to sign Declan Rice
West Ham accept they will have to sell Declan Rice this summer – but have slapped a huge asking price on the Hammers captain.
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Despite West Ham’s struggles this season – they remain just 15th in the Premier League after Sunday’s victory over Manchester United – Rice has continued to impress.
The 24-year-old has emerged not only as West Ham’s most important player in recent seasons but also a key member of Gareth Southgate’s England squad, playing in European Championship finals and World Cup knockout games.
Rice is ready to take the next step in his career and join a club challenging for domestic and European trophies and has rejected offers to stay at West Ham as he eyes his next move.
Premier League title challengers Arsenal are favourites to sign Rice but Manchester United, Liverpool and his boyhood club Chelsea are also keen to secure his signature this summer.
Mikel Arteta is determined to welcome a new central midfielder to the Emirates Stadium, having tried and failed to sign Moises Caicedo from Brighton during the January transfer window.
Despite spending almost £600m over the past 12 months, Chelsea are monitoring Rice’s situation and view him as an ideal midfield partner for big-money signing Enzo Fernandez.
Man United and Liverpool are also admirers of Rice and could focus their efforts on the West Ham star after seemingly missing out on Jude Bellingham, who is reportedly closing in on a move to Real Madrid.
Given the level of interest in Rice, West Ham accept his exit is almost inevitable but want £120m to part ways with one of their best players in recent memory, according to Sky Sports.
It is also claimed West Ham would accept £100m plus a player for their influential midfielder, who they view as one of the best in the world in his position.
Before what promises to be a busy and exciting summer for Rice, he will hope to help West Ham enjoy a strong end to the season as David Moyes’ side look to secure their Premier League survival and win the Europa Conference League.
The Hammers, who are seven points above the drop zone with three games remaining, face Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in the semi-finals of the Europa Conference League this week.
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