Jamie Redknapp has stated in his Daily Mail column that he believes Manchester City should target West Ham United’s Declan Rice as a replacement for the 33-year-old Fernandinho.
The former midfielder wrote:
“Rice has all the hallmarks of Fernandinho”, the anchorman of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City midfield.
“The Brazilian is still performing at the peak of his powers but given he is 33, City will be on the lookout for a long-term replacement.
“I would not be surprised if Rice is already on their radar, and plays against them in West Ham’s next home game. It will be the biggest test of his fledgling career.”
If the Cityzens were to launch a move to prise the 19-year-old way from the London Stadium then the Hammers would certainly be keen to get a higher fee for the midfielder than his £13.5 million Transfermarkt valuation, although with his contract running out in just a few months it may well be difficult to achieve if the player wants out.
In that case, Manuel Pellegrini will be wanting to exploit his former employers’ deep pockets in return for losing one of his most prized young squad assets. However, with the money raised from Rice’s sale to the reigning champions, the Irons could certainly reinvest smartly in other areas of the squad that are in need of upgrades.
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Selling Rice now would therefore likely be good business for West Ham in the long run.
What do you think, West Ham fans – would cashing on Rice in order reinvest elsewhere be a wise move?