West Ham United have placed a £100m asking price on midfielder Declan Rice to ward off any potential suitors this summer, sources have told Football FanCast.
Rice has enjoyed his first-team breakthrough at the Hammers over the past 12 months and is now perhaps the club’s most saleable asset.
Now that the Hammers’ demands have been revealed, one can understand the Norwegian’s stance.
Sources have confirmed to FFC that West Ham do not expect Rice to leave the club in the summer transfer window; they have not actually received an enquiry for the player in the past month.
They would not even consider doing business for less than a £70m basic fee, FFC has been told, while there would have to be multitudinous add-ons taking the deal to in excess of £100m.
Powerbrokers at the club believe that the figure will only rise if Rice continues to improve in east London.
Those at the club believe that he would command around £200,000-per-week in wages, too, meaning that a four-year contract would add over £38m to the cost of the deal.
He is a full England international and started the club’s Nations League semi-final defeat to the Netherlands earlier this week.
Rice is revered at the club, with one source even claiming that he could become “as good as Bobby Moore”, the former Iron who captained England to World Cup glory in 1966.
There is, however, an acceptance that he may eventually want to test himself at the highest level and potentially play in the Champions League.
But there is no immediate concern over Rice’s future and the club believe they have no need whatsoever to enter into discussions over any potential deal.
The highest transfer fee West Ham have ever received stands at £25m, when they sold Dimitri Payet to Marseille in 2017. That record will certainly be smashed if Rice does depart.
The 20-year-old began his career at Chelsea and joined the Irons in 2014. He has since gone on to make 70 appearances for the club, scoring two goals.