West Ham have sensationally agreed a deal that will see Declan Rice join Manchester City for £70m in the summer.
It is believed manager Manuel Pellegrini’s previous association with the Citizens played a key role in securing such a sizeable transfer fee.
Rice’s move to the Etihad Stadium could even break transfer records with City having agreed a sell-on clause that could see the Hammers secure a large percentage of any future sale.
It has been an incredible rise for the 20-year-old, who this time last year was being picked at centre half by previous Hammers coach David Moyes.
The ex-Manchester United manager obviously saw Rice’s talent but he didn’t think the holding midfield role suited him, despite having picked Marouane Fellaini religiously in the same position at his previous clubs.
Rice is likely to arrive at City as Fernandinho’s long-term replacement. Pep Guardiola has been keen to recruit somebody who can commit just as many fouls as the Brazilian without picking up yellow cards.
This transfer could happen at the end of the season, but it may not. Just to let you know, this is an April Fool’s story. Have a good day and don’t believe everything you read on the internet!