West Ham manager David Moyes has issued a transfer warning to Manchester United and Chelsea.
So far this summer, West Ham has done a good job of fending off interest in its top players.
West Ham boss David Moyes has issued a warning to Manchester United and Chelsea about Declan Rice. Following his dominant displays at Euro 2020, the midfielder was the subject of strong interest from both clubs, but the Hammers’ valuation appears to have done the trick of fending off advances for the time being.
Last season, West Ham finished sixth, just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, in what was a fantastic season for the Hammers.
After a shaky start, Moyes built a team in his own image, so it’s only natural that he’d want to remain with the tried-and-true formula rather than risk millions on the transfer market.
“We have certain players worth £100 million that we will not be selling,” the manager told talkSPORT.
“That’s the way it is; you don’t get go of your top players. And if you are, it will be for a large sum of money.
“We’re trying to get better. What we’re saying to ourselves, or at least what I’m saying to myself, is that if I can, I’d like to add to our squad.”
Rice hinted at a desire to transfer to Stamford Bridge when on international duty with England this summer, but no deal has been struck.
Mason Mount, who was a member of Chelsea’s youth program until 2014, is a long-time buddy of the 22-year-old.
He was already making first-team appearances for West Ham a year after his departure, starting at centre-back before moving to midfield.
Despite the player’s £100 million price tag, the Blues appeared to be flirting with the notion of a trade earlier this summer.
However, Jorginho’s outstanding performances for Italy at Euro 2020 may have convinced them otherwise.
The move appears even less likely now that Chelsea is set to spend £97.5 million on Romelu Lukaku, whose formal arrival from Inter Milan is anticipated to be revealed soon.
The Blues’ involvement in the summer transfer market would be effectively ended, or at the very least priced out of a deal for Rice of Rice’s caliber.
United was also rumored to be interested, with a number of central-midfield possibilities being evaluated at Old Trafford in recent weeks.
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