Declan Rice is on the move to Chelsea, but West Ham’s £100 million price tag is causing complications.
Despite West Ham’s high valuation, Chelsea are still interested in Declan Rice.
Chelsea are still interested in West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice, according to rumours, and have a strategy in place to buy him. Rice was a target for the Blues this summer, but West Ham’s high valuation has fended off bidders for another season.
Rice had another successful season in 2020/21, captaining David Moyes’ side to sixth place in the Premier League.
Chelsea and Manchester United have both been connected with the 22-year-old, but West Ham have remained steadfast in their £100 million asking price.
Rice is said to desire to quit the Hammers after rejecting a series of contract offers, according to reports.
Rice has questioned Man United players about the club, with the possibility of a move to east London at the conclusion of the season in mind.
Chelsea will wait until then to sign Thomas Tuchel’s top midfield target, according to The Athletic.
Rice and Aurelien Tchouameni were on Tuchel’s wishlist ahead of the transfer deadline, but neither is set to arrive at Stamford Bridge before Tuesday.
Chelsea are planning a move for Rice next year, barring a drastic turn of events, according to the source, when West Ham would have likely cut their valuation.
Chelsea and Manchester United are both interested in signing the England international, with Solskjaer planning to recruit a new midfielder in the summer.
Rice’s current West Ham deal runs until 2024, so the club is under no obligation to trade him this summer.
If next year comes along and he still wants to make a huge transfer, the Hammers may be willing to engage in talks.
He won’t be pushed into making a decision, and he should be looking forward to another successful season at the London Stadium.
West Ham has had a strong start to the season, winning two of their first three Premier League games and drawing one.
Following their sixth-place finish last season, Moyes and co. will embark on a European adventure.
West Ham have been drawn in the same Europa League group as Leicester City, who finished fifth in May for the second time in a row.
The Hammers are in Group H with Dinamo Zagreb, Genk, and Rapid Wien, and will be hoping to make the most of their chance to play in Europe.
Following the international break, they go to Croatia to face Zagred, before hosting Rapid Wien and Genk in east London.