Journalist reveals new Declan Rice price tag with West Ham ‘prepared to sell next summer’

Date published: Tuesday 29th November 2022 10:25 - Jason Soutar

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice during a match for England

According to Matt Law, Declan Rice will leave West Ham at the end of this season with Chelsea and Liverpool reportedly interested.

Rice has been strongly linked with several Premier League teams in recent years.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are all reportedly keen, with Arsenal now potentially in the mix as they sit top of the Premier League.

Liverpool are in dire need of midfield recruits and are also interested in signing Jude Bellingham, Moises Caicedo, Konrad Laimer and Federico Valverde.

Chelsea have been linked with Rice longer than anyone having signed the West Ham star as a youngster before releasing him at the age of 14.

The 23-year-old is also very close friends with Blues and England midfielder Mason Mount.

With interest getting hotter and hotter, Hammers manager David Moyes has often discussed how much money it would take to prise Rice away from the London Stadium.

Initially saying the player would cost £100million, he has more recently stated that Rice is worth nothing less than £150m.

Having impressed for England and West Ham, it is no surprise to see so many teams interested.

In April, it was reported by Fabrizio Romano that Rice had rejected a third contract offer from the Irons and was ‘open’ to a move elsewhere.

Telegraph journalist Matt Law is now “100 per cent confident” the midfielder will leave at the end of the season, with his price dropping from £150m to £70m.

And despite reports stating that Chelsea are the favourites to sign Rice, Law does not believe they are in “pole position at the moment”.

“Rice, he will definitely, definitely leave West Ham at the end of this season,” he told the London Is Blue podcast (via TEAMTalk). “I’m 100 per cent confident on that.

“West Ham are preparing to sell Declan Rice. I think it’ll be about £70million.

“Chelsea aren’t actually in pole position at the moment for Declan Rice. There are a couple of clubs who have made big plays for Declan Rice.”

Despite this, Law adds that the Blues will probably not be “outbid” for the England international.

“But that’s not because Chelsea aren’t going to. That’s just because a couple of clubs have tried to go early on Rice.

“And again I would expect Chelsea to move on Rice and again I would be quite surprised if anyone outbids Chelsea on Rice. Albeit, as I say, I think there are two clubs ahead of them at the moment – and I can’t say who they are, I’m sorry.”

Asked if Chelsea’s competition for Rice’s signature are domestic rivals, Law responded: “Premier League clubs, yeah, I can say that.”

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