Declan Rice ‘unhappy that West Ham’s £100MILLION valuation has priced him out of a move to Chelsea or Manchester United this summer’… and England midfielder has ‘NO PLANS to sign a new contract’ at the club
- Both Chelsea and Man United are interested in signing West Ham’s Declan Rice
- It is understood West Ham have not shown Rice they can match his ambitions
- Sportsmail understands the club have not received any bids for the midfielder
- The club’s intransigence means he is set to reject talks of a contract extension
- It is reported that Manchester City could make a move for Rice next summer
Declan Rice is reportedly unhappy that West Ham’s £100million valuation has so far prevented a summer transfer to Manchester United or Chelsea.
The club have stood firm on their massive, nine-figure asking price, and with the end of the transfer window closing at the end of August, it looks unlikely anyone will pay that at the moment.
According to the Telegraph, Rice is frustrated about their intransigence and will therefore spurn any talks of a higher wage and contract extension in an attempt to force his way out of the club.
Declan Rice is reportedly frustrated West Ham’s £100m valuation has prevented a move away
Manager David Moyes (pictured) and the Hammers are standing firm on Rice’s asking price
However, Sportsmail understands West Ham have offered Rice a significant pay rise in his contract to reward and recognise his efforts for the club and have not received any offers for him.
The 22-year-old’s deal runs until the summer of 2024, and the Hammers do retain the option of extending his contract for a further season.
The defensive midfielder is a talisman and star player for the Hammers, who narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification last season, finishing sixth to make it into the Europa League.
Rice has ambitions to aim for trophies and regularly play Champions League footballl, and the same report claims he is put out by their lack of signings, with West Ham the only Premier League side not to have made a permanent signing yet.
Both Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United are interested in signing Rice
Manchester City may move for Rice next summer when Fernandinho (pictured) may leave
As such, with the squad weakened by the loss of Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard and despite his ongoing commitment to the club and his performances for them, Rice is thought to believe he needs to leave to fulfil his ambitions.
Chelsea have already paid £98million for Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku, while United have bought £73m winger Jadon Sancho and defender Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, and Manchester City spent £100m on Jack Grealish.
Hammers boss David Moyes insisted last week the east London club will not sell Rice unless they receive a bid of more than £100m, and stated he believes the Grealish fee will be topped and stressed clubs can now reject mega-moves for their top talent.
‘Well it has been proved that they can [pay top fees],’ said the Scotsman. ‘Teams can do that and I would have to say that if it is going that way now I think it will keep rising.
Hammers boss Moyes feels Jack Grealish’s £100m fee will be topped sooner rather than later
‘I don’t see it coming down really, the next bunch of good players will probably be worth more than £100m in the future.
‘It will probably continue but maybe those clubs have realised they can only buy one big player and not add lots more after that.’
If West Ham try to bring Lingard back, that could open the door for United to enquire about Rice, and Pep Guardiola’s City could make a move next summer when captain Fernandinho’s deal expires, but the asking price has prevented a move thus far.