Following what has been a hugely impressive breakthrough – West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice is not short of admirers. Recent reports have suggested that Premier League trio Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are all in the mix to sign the defensive midfielder, however, with reservations over whether or not to re-sign a former youth academy player, it has been suggested both Manchester clubs are poised to launch official bids first.
Rice, 22, is currently away on international duty with England but that hasn’t stopped his long-term West Ham future being the subject of some strong speculation.
It has been reported by The Athletic that although the Hammers have been trying to tie their star midfielder down on a new long-term deal, now away with England, the player is said to be keen to concentrate purely on his international duties.
The reports goes on to claim that Blues’ manager Thomas Tuchel is a big fan of the 22-year-old but could be met with some internal resistance after the Londoners allowed Rice to leave, for free, eight years ago.
These concerns could place either United and City in the transfer’s driving seat, with The Athletic claiming both sides of Manchester are ‘considering’ launching an official bid.
Rice is understood to be valued at a whopping £95m.