There is a gentlemen’s agreement between Declan Rice and West Ham United regarding a transfer this summer.
David Sullivan, CEO of the conference league winners, confirmed this talkSPORT and also stated that the midfield star is aiming for a move. Sullivan expects the first offers for Rice to come in, with FC Bayern, among others, being very interested.
After beating Fiorentina in the European Cup final (1-0), Sullivan stressed that Rice would not be held against his will. “We promised him he could leave. He made a commitment to leave. You can’t keep a player who doesn’t want to be here.”
The club boss continued: “I think that the first offers will come today.” There are “three to four clubs” that have shown interest in the England international.
Rice himself agreed beIN Sportss: “It’s not goodbye yet. Of course there’s a lot of speculation, but nothing happened. I’m a West Ham player. I have two years left on my contract. I love every minute here, you can see the smile on my face see. That’s not what tonight is about, it’s about us partying and that’s what I’m going to do now.”
Rice is under contract with West Ham until 2024. In addition to FC Bayern, Premier League runners-up Arsenal are also showing strong interest in the 24-year-old. Manchester United should also try to get him.
West Ham are now hoping for a bid for the central midfielder and a fee of up to 140 million euros.
Rice comes from the youth of Chelsea FC. In 2013 he moved to West Ham and has been part of the professional squad there since 2017. He has captained coach David Moyes’ team since the start of this season.
The 41-time England international played 50 competitive games for his club last season. Rice scored five goals and provided four assists.