Declan Rice transfer isn’t happening in the summer. Well, at least, that’s according to West Ham manager David Moyes, who has stated that any potential suitor would have to pay out of the ordinary to convince them to part ways with their most valuable midfielder.
The England international has been in sensational form for club and country this season, becoming an important member of Moyes’ top-four chasing West Ham, currently seventh in the table, six points off the Champions League places.
The England international has been the source of transfer speculation ever since he broke into West Ham’s first-team squad, showing impressive performances that have earned him many suitors from the Premier League.
Speaking ahead of their crucial home fixture against Everton, Moyes said, “If you are interested, well, it will be north of that (£100m), one hundred was cheap last summer…”
“One hundred and fifty million just now would be minimum, but he is NOT for sale.” Added Moyes. Last summer, Moyes had claimed that Declan Rice was worth at least £100m in the current transfer market and that they wouldn’t let him leave for any amount lower than that.
And with the recent statements only echoing his previous comments, it’s fair to say the Scottish is keen to ward off any interest in his club captain as they aim for a strong finish to the current Premier League season.
In the past, three of the traditional “Big Six” clubs, including Chelsea, Manchester United, and Manchester City, have all been linked with a move for the England international, with reports suggesting he could be on a big-money move in the summer.
Rice’s boyhood club Chelsea has been closely monitoring his progress across London ever since he made the switch and had been thought to be leading the race for the Englishman’s signature for a long time. But with the current European Champions facing multiple off-pitch battles at the moment, it’s not clear whether they will step up their interest in the Kingston upon Thames man in the summer.
On the other hand, Manchester United have been on the lookout for a natural defensive midfielder for a long time, with previous reports linking them to a host of names, including Rice and Wolves’ star Ruben Neves and, as recently, Aurelien Tchouameni. But with the rocky season they’ve had, the priority will be to sort out the managerial issue before turning to the transfer market in the summer for any new additions to the squad.
Their closest rivals and current Premier League holders, Manchester City, were once linked with a move for the West Ham captain. However, talks have gone silent in recent months, perhaps because of their priority to strengthen other areas of the squad.
Pep Guardiola’s side has enjoyed a stellar campaign this season, sitting comfortably at the top of the table and through to the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Champions League and FA Cup, respectively. However, they have struggled to convert big chances in the Premier League, showing a dire need for a marquee striker in the summer.
Having missed out on Harry Kane last summer following Daniel Levy’s refusal to discuss any move involving his star striker, City could be looking to tempt the Tottenham chairman’s resolve again at the end of the season with a big-money move for the England international. The Citizens have also been linked with Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland who’s set to leave the German club in the summer.
In a recent interview with Gary Neville, Rice opened up about his desire to “win it all”, keeping potential suitors alert by saying winning is all that matters in a footballing career. But with Moyes’ latest comments, it will be interesting to see how Declan Rice transfer turns out in East London in the summer.