Chelsea’s pursuit of Declan Rice has been handed a boost as West Ham United name the asking price for their standout performer.
Although West Ham already demonstrated their readiness to fight tooth and nail to keep hold of Declan Rice, their stance has softened amid growing financial concerns.
After narrowly avoiding relegation from the Premier League, the ‘Irons’ are desperate to strengthen their squad going forward.
QPR’s Eberechi Eze and Brentford’s Said Benrahma top West Ham’s shopping list for the summer transfer window.
But, the lack of revenue from empty venues might force David Moyes’ hand, as his team needs reinforcements to avoid another disappointing season.
While they remain hopeful of raising funds from the sales of Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, and Fabian Balbuena, no club has yet to express any interest in that trio.
Therefore, West Ham might consider offloading their best player and arguably the most valuable one. Rice will command at least a £70million price tag should he depart London Stadium this summer.
According to The Sun, news of West Ham’s idea of selling Rice comes as music to Chelsea’s ears.
The Blues hold a long-standing interest in the 21-year-old midfielder, who would be a massive addition to Frank Lampard’s squad.
The English manager sees Rice as a perfect solution to Chelsea’s defensive woes. Then, there’s the uncertainty surrounding the future of N’Golo Kante.
The Frenchman has emerged as a possible target for the Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte, after seeing his influence on Lampard’s tactical set-up decrease post-lockdown.
Rice is one of the brightest prospects in the Premier League and was only recently named ‘Hammer of the Year’ for the 2019/20 season.
His composure on the ball and aggressiveness at winning it back, as well as, his quick thinking are off the scale for a player of his age.