West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has reportedly agreed terms regarding a move away from the London Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report from Spain (via Caught Offside), which claims that the 23-year-old has agreed personal terms with Chelsea ahead of a potential switch to Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window.
The report goes on to state that West Ham would demand a figure of around £120m in order to part with the England international at the end of the current campaign, while it is also stated that Manchester United are another side extremely keen on a move for the midfielder this summer.
Considering just how crucial Rice is within David Moyes’ side, should the West Ham board go on to sanction the sale of the midfield maestro this summer – even if it is for a figure in the region of £120m – it would undoubtedly be something of a catastrophe for the Hammers.
Indeed, the £75m-rated 22-year-old has arguably been the Irons’ most impressive player since breaking into the senior squad back in 2017, earning a SofaScore match rating of 6.72 over 26 Premier League appearances in 2017/18, 6.94 over 34 league outings in 2018/19, 6.99 over 38 top-flight fixtures in 2019/20 and 7.08 over 32 games last season.
However, it has undoubtedly been over his 26 Premier League appearances in the current campaign in which the £62k-per-week Englishman has proven that he is truly a world-class midfielder, scoring one goal, registering four assists and creating two big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.7 interceptions, 2.4 tackles, 51.9 passes and winning 5.4 duels – at a success rate of 58% – per game.
These returns have seen the player who Teddy Sheringham dubbed “invaluable” average a quite astonishing SofaScore match rating of 7.20, not only ranking him as Moyes’ best performer in the Premier League but also as the joint 26th-best player in the division as a whole.
As such, it is clear for all to see that losing the services of the club’s “leader” – in the words of Luke Chadwick – this summer would come as a major blow to West Ham’s progression as a team – as, without Rice in the middle of the park, the Hammers can forget making a push for a top-four finish next season.