West Ham Insider ExWHUEmployee has confirmed that the Hammers have “changed” their position on potentially selling midfielder Declan Rice this summer.
The financial impact of the global health crisis means clubs are having to make difficult decisions, and while it is believed that West Ham would still demand a high transfer fee for the England international, the suggestion is he is now available:
Hello mate. Yes the Manchester clubs have always had an interest as do Chelsea too. They would be silly not to. The only thing that has changed recently is the financial situation although club would still demand a large fee to even consider selling https://t.co/daDvSOBfre
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) April 27, 2020
Reports in the English media over the past few days or so have suggested that the Irons would only consider selling Rice for around £70m.
That is still a sizeable asking price, which will likely put off any potential bidders, but the interest in the 21-year-old is believed to be genuine.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are said to be the main protagonists, but we shall have to wait and see whether any of the three clubs will actually make a formal offer when the transfer window reopens.