Declan Rice has rejected a third West Ham contract offer and is now ‘open’ to leaving, and a report has revealed the status of Man Utd and Chelsea’s interest.
The midfielder, 23, is arguably the finest player the Premier League has to offer currently playing for a club outside of the traditional top six. Rice continues to take his game to new heights year after year and will be England’s main man in the middle at the Qatar World Cup later in 2022.
At club level, Rice has shown he has far more in his locker than just tackles and interceptions this season.
His game as a box-to-box midfielder grows ever more accomplished with each passing week. As such, it’s come as no surprise to learn Manchester United and Chelsea have been monitoring his progress.
The two giants have long been linked with a blockbuster swoop for the Hammers ace. Links with Chelsea have their roots in Rice’s past. The midfielder spent nine years in Chelsea’s system between 2006-14.
United, meanwhile, have long seen their central midfield options become the subject of savage criticism.
Nemanja Matic has announced his intention to move on this summer, while Paul Pogba will become a free agent on June 30.
Fred and Scott McTominay always give their all, though whether they have the quality Man Utd desire is another matter entirely.
Declan Rice rouses British record transfer talk
West Ham and David Moyes especially have always maintained Rice is not for sale. However, the latest report from the Guardian could be the beginning of a softening of that stance.
Written by transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the Guardian’s article claims Rice has ‘turned down a third offer’ of a contract extension at West Ham. What’s more, Declan Rice is now described as ‘open’ to a transfer as soon as this summer.
It’s reiterated that West Ham have no desire to sell whatsoever.
The club are on the rise under Moyes and have a Europa League semi-final with Eintracht Frankfurt on the horizon. Success in that competition would see West Ham qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history and that’s something Man Utd may not be able to match.
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