A trio of top sides are looking at Rice, but West Ham are desperate to keep him
Declan Rice has turned down two contract offers from West Ham and wants to be informed of any bids amid interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.
The 22-year-old is currently busy with England at Euro 2020, and has a further three years on his contract with an option for another season and West Ham are determined not to sell the player, who came through their academy. It would take an offer of more than £100m for the club to reconsider their position.
Rice was previously linked with Chelsea last season, having been released from their academy as a 14-year-old, and admired by former Blues boss Frank Lampard. The Champions League winners don’t seem to be in desperate need for his services, but could have a place in their squad in the near future, with Billy Gilmour closing in on a loan move to Norwich City.
Manchester City have just announced Fernandinho has signed a new contract, meaning they already have two defensive midfielders in their squad, with Rodri one of their all-time top purchases. They’re also thought to be targeting their attack as a priority this summer, having lost Sergio Aguero to Barcelona on a free transfer recently, with Erling Haaland, Harry Kane and Jack Grealish all heavily linked with moves.
That could open the door for Manchester United, who are in need of a holding midfielder, but busy finalising other deals right now. United have just announced they’ve agreed a deal for Jadon Sancho, and are also reportedly close to signing Raphael Varane from Real Madrid. That could leave the budget almost empty, but they could include Jesse Lingard in any negotiations, coming off the back of the 28-year-old’s fantastic loan spell at the London Stadium last season.
The news comes as a blow to West Ham, who are set to start their Europa League campaign in under a month’s time. They would have hoped European football was enough to keep their prize asset, but the contract negotiations seem to have proved otherwise.