West Ham’s £150m valuation of star midfielder Declan Rice is ‘unreasonable’, transfer insider claims DeanJones.
The 23-year-old has been linked with England’s biggest clubs but even they could be ruled out of a move this summer.
What’s the latest on Rice?
Latest reports suggest Manchester City are keen to sign Rice in the upcoming transfer window.
According to The Telegraph, the Premier League champions are considering a move towards the England international but are wary of another Harry Kane saga.
It comes after David Moyes revealed Rice’s new price tag now stands at a ‘minimum’ £150million in a blow to City and other clubs swirling around.
The West Ham star still has a contract until 2024 meaning David Gold and David Sullivan are under no pressure to sell, with The Athletic saying the aim is to keep him at Rush Green for at least a year.
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What did Jones say about Rice’s assessment?
Jones told GIVEMESPORT that the price West Ham have imposed on Rice is, quite simply, unreasonable.
Speaking to GMS, the football journalist said: “The problem is this price that West Ham have imposed on him of £150million. This is totally unreasonable; no one is going to pay that kind of money for Declan Rice.
Will Rice join City this summer?
It is not impossible. If there’s a club that can spend £150m on a player, it’s City, who signed Jack Grealish last year for £100m.
However, it looks like the Citizens might be reluctant to get embroiled in another complicated transfer saga after their failure to buy Kane from a stubborn Tottenham last summer, while Erling Haaland seems to be their priority at the moment.
According to the Daily Mail, City are closing in on signing the hitman from Borussia Dortmund, who will cost them just £63m thanks to a release clause in his contract.
It would be unwise to rule out City altogether, but West Ham will fight tooth and nail to keep Rice, with Moyes’ words suggesting the England player could in fact cost upwards of £150million.
When you already have a big squad, while the possibility of signing Rice for a much cheaper price the following summer exists, does it really make sense to leave him £150m? If there is a risk of losing their goal now to another club, then maybe. But if not, maybe City better wait.
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