Liverpool learn asking price for sensational midfield maestro as David Moyes makes ‘extremely expensive’ claim
West Ham United sets a price for Declan Rice, a midfielder who has been linked to Chelsea, Man United, and Arsenal.
If a bid for £120 million is made, West Ham United will let Declan Rice depart during the summer transfer window.
According to Sky Sports, Liverpool has’shown an interest’ in the midfielder, and the Hammers have already had inquiries about him.
In the past, Rice has expressed a desire to compete in the Champions League. He is a dependable teammate for England, and many of his teammates routinely compete in Europe’s top club tournament alongside the finest players in the world.
Rice has two years remaining on his current West Ham deal but is said to have turned down a new £200,000-per-week contract some 18 months ago.
Liverpool are well-known to be the market to bolster their midfield in the summer. James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all set to depart, while additional quality is needed amid a largely underwhelming 2022-23 season.
A host of names have been linked with a move to the Reds after they cooled interest in long-term target Jude Bellingham. Rice is one of them, along with Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister and Chelsea’s Mason Mount.
Arsenal are reportedly leading the way to sign Rice, with Chelsea and Manchester United also keen along with Liverpool. It is said the Hammers would also take £100 million plus a player for the 24-year-old.
After West Ham’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United last weekend, manager David Moyes admitted Rice will be ‘extremely expensive’ for any potential suitor.
He said: “You’ve seen him play for England, you’ve seen the abilities he uses in recovering the ball and getting around people. He’s great across the ground, very quick. I’m pleased, but not surprised.
“That’s why he is probably the best English midfield player around and that is why he is going to be extremely expensive if anybody comes calling.”