England champions Manchester City are flirting with signing Declan Rice. The midfielder of Premier League rivals West Ham United could switch from London to Citizens in the summer, he writes telegraph.
However, a possible transfer of the 23-year-old is likely to be an expensive affair – there is talk of a transfer fee in excess of 100 million.
Rice is under contract with West Ham until 2024. The Londoners also have the option to extend the contract for another season. Given this starting position, Hammers coach David Moyes contributed Sky Sports Recently it became clear that £100 million was “cheap” for the coveted European Championship finalist last summer: “£150 million would be the minimum right now – but he is not for sale.”
However, there is also the question of what Rice wants. The homegrown has meanwhile rejected several offers for early contract extensions and loudly telegraph he really wants to play in the Champions League. He could do the same with West Ham if RB Leipzig’s semi-final opponents win the Europa League.
Moyes said of his protégé’s rejected offers: “Maybe he just wants to make more money.”
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Rice could certainly do that at Man City. And there are other interested parties: City’s rivals Manchester United have been linked with Rice for some time and according to information from SPOX and GOAL there were also thoughts at Chelsea before the sanctions against club owner Roman Abramovich about a commitment for the coming season.
In any case, David Moyes wants to fight for his star. He compared the situation to that of Harry Kane. The Tottenham star was courted by City a year ago. A transfer failed because the Spurs didn’t move away from their high transfer fee: “They said: ‘No, there is a price and if someone wants to pay the price, then we would probably do it. If they don’t, then go he’s going nowhere.’ That’s it, they kept him.”