West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is ‘not for sale’ amid interest from London rivals Chelsea, according to reports.
Rice was with Chelsea as a youngster but was released at the age of 14.
The Blues are eager to re-sign the England midfielder but are put off by the Hammers’ whopping £150m asking price.
Making it more of a challenge to land the 23-year-old, West Ham are ‘adamant’ that he is not for sale this summer, according to Football London.
The report claims that Chelsea are yet to make a bid this summer.
The east Londoners have offered Rice the chance to extend his contract but he is reluctant to sign on the dotted line.
Speaking about the England midfielder’s future back in April, Irons boss David Moyes said: “The first thing to say is that he is not for sale.
“If you are interested, well, it will be north of that. £100m was cheap last summer. £150m just now would be the minimum but he is not for sale. What I do know is that it means there are only certain clubs that could even consider it.”
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In terms of other targets, Chelsea have been linked with Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.
The PA news agency understands that the Blues are edging closer to the signing of Sterling, while they are also interested in Everton’s Richarlison and Leeds United’s Raphinha.
Elsewhere, Andreas Christensen has opened up on his Chelsea departure with a move to FC Barcelona due to be announced.
“I had a tough decision to make at the age of 16 to leave Denmark,” Christensen said in a statement.
“I met many different clubs but there was only ever one choice for me and that was Chelsea. From the moment I arrived, they made me feel at home, I’m grateful to Jim Fraser and Neil Bath who immediately embraced me as part of their family.
“Some of my proudest moments at the club were when we won FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League. Those were a special group of young players that I was proud to have as teammates.
“I was fortunate to play under some fantastic managers including [Antonio] Conte, [Jose] Mourinho and now Thomas Tuchel. Last year was my proudest achievement as a player when we lifted the Champions League in Porto.”