West Ham have “not decided” on an asking price for captain Declan Rice, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
There have been reports suggesting that the Hammers could sell the 23-year-old for £70m but Romano has dismissed those claims, stating instead that the London side feel well protected due to Rice’s contract situation:
“I’m not sure about the price tag yet, as West Ham have not decided and they still feel strong on the price having an option to extend the contract for one more year.”
With Rice effectively having two and a half years left on his current deal, there is no way that West Ham would consider offloading their best player for such a small sum.
The likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City may be hoping to get the midfielder for that fee but the Irons would almost certainly dismiss such an offer.
While manager David Moyes has mentioned a £150m price tag, that figure has probably been lowered, but you can’t see the London club agreeing a deal for less than nine figures if formal bids are made next summer.