West Ham have reportedly increased their transfer demands for star midfielder Declan Rice, with the Hammers ready to accept £120m for the England international.
90 minute claim that the Irons would reluctantly take £120million for Rice in the summer transfer window, a fee that could break multiple records if a club met those requirements for the midfielder.
Last year, Jack Grealish joined Manchester City for a British record fee of £100m as a by BBC Sports. While Paul Pogba’s £89million transfer to Manchester United in 2016, as by BBC Sportsremains the highest price paid for a central midfielder.
Moreover, if a Premier League club were to make a move for Rice, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United linked with the West Ham star, a £120million deal would break Grealish’s record for an English transfer of high flight.
Rice’s future with the Irons remains undecided. The midfielder is currently enjoying his best season yet for the club, with the 23-year-old taking the armband for most of the campaign with Mark Noble dropped out on the bench.
With the Hammers still in Europe and with a realistic chance of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League via the top four, Rice could well stay in east London if West Ham do the unthinkable this season.
Despite £120m fee, Rice is too good for West Ham to sell
It’s rare for a club to find a player so valuable to them that a British record transfer fee isn’t enough to drive him away, but in the case of West Ham and Rice, that’s the situation they find themselves in. the Irons.
Indeed, Rice has become the cornerstone of West Ham’s midfield this season. And with the 23-year-old wearing the captain’s armband for most of the campaign, the England international is set to become a legend in east London.
Yet even if Chelsea or United were to make a £120m bid for Rice, West Ham would find themselves unable to replace the midfielder in the market despite the huge funds the club will have to seek an alternative for.
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