Manchester City ‘lead the chase’ for West Ham star Declan Rice – Player ready to go despite Champions League possibility
Declan Rice, who has become the key to David Moyes’ success at London Stadium over the past two years, is said to be set to leave West Ham at the end of the campaign, with City being one of several clubs interested in the midfielder defensive.
The 22-year-old, who recently retired from the England squad for matches against Albania and San Marino, has made eleven Premier League appearances this season and has been directly involved in four West goals. Ham.
David Moyes’ side have won their last four Premier League games, beating Jurgen Klopp’s title against Liverpool 3-2 last time, as the London club continue their quest for a possible top-four finish.
However, 90Min’s Graeme Bailey reports that Declan Rice is set to leave the London stadium even if West Ham does manage to qualify for the Champions League, while the midfielder’s existing contract is set to expire in 2024.
Rice has been heavily linked with the potential move to Chelsea in previous transfer windows, but would be admired at the Etihad Stadium, with Manchester City potentially looking for a new defensive midfielder next summer.
Current club captain Fernandinho, who signed a one-year contract extension last summer, could leave City after nine years at the end of the current season, having won 12 trophies since joining in 2013.
A potential Fernandinho departure could later become a reason why Manchester City, according to 90Min reports, are ‘continue to lead the pursuit ‘ by Declan Rice.
Many top English talent are already playing under Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium, with the Blues having recently added Jack Grealish to their squad for £ 100million in the previous transfer window.
However, the aforementioned price for Grealish is set to become a benchmark for future English transfers, with 90Min reporting that West Ham holds a £ 120million valuation of Declan Rice – a fee which, if matched, will see the Hammers sanctioned. a sale.
If Manchester City make any attempts to sign Declan Rice, who is understandably West Ham ‘reluctant’ to sell they would face major competition from Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, as well as Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Inter on the continent.
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