Journalist Matt Law has recently revealed some information about Declan Rice’s future at West Ham United.
Law appeared on the latest episode of the London is Blue podcast and while he talked about Chelsea, he also gave some information regarding Rice’s future and whether he could be heading to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Rice has been linked with a move to Manchester United this summer and there has been talk of a potential swap involving the Englishman and Jesse Lingard. Chelsea have also been linked with the England international.
Do you expect Rice to stay this summer?
Law stated that the problem is West Ham’s large asking price for Rice, although the midfielder would be interested in moving to Chelsea.
He said: “I have to be careful with what I say on this, because I’ve got some information on this which will end up getting written at some stage which I can’t really talk about. Look, Chelsea are interested in Declan Rice and everyone knows that Declan Rice is interested in Chelsea.
“The problem’s West Ham, and the problem’s the asking price with West Ham. I mean, they’re telling everybody at the moment it’s £100 million and Chelsea aren’t going to pay £100 million for Declan Rice this summer. So it’s what happens from there, really, and I think there’s more to play on this. And it’s going to be an interesting summer, let’s say, around Declan Rice and Chelsea.”
TIF Thoughts on Rice…
West Ham finished sixth in the Premier League last season, which helped them qualify for the Europa League for the upcoming campaign. So it isn’t like Rice won’t be playing European football next season at his current club and if West Ham strengthen this summer, they may well be in the race for a top-six finish next season too.
The Hammers’ asking price, as Law states, is pretty high and if they don’t want to reduce that price, Rice may have to ask for a transfer to seek a move. So things are clearly not in Rice’s favour when it comes to heading for the exit door this summer and he might have to wait till next summer.
That said, it looks like a deal is far from dead, so we will have to see if there is an agreement to be had over the remainder of the transfer window.