Declan Rice, the captain of West Ham, is expected to depart the club this summer, according to chairman David Sullivan, who made the announcement on Thursday after the team won its first European championship in 58 years.
According to numerous sources, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, and Liverpool are keeping an eye on the situation while Arsenal wants to pursue a move for Rice at the end of the current campaign. According to further sources, West Ham would demand £100 million in order to allow the midfielder to leave the team.
When Sullivan was asked if it was Rice’s final game for West Ham, he responded, “I think it has to be. We promised him he could go. He set his heart on going. You can’t ask for a man who has committed more to us this season. In due course, he has to get on and we have to get a replacement, or several replacements. It’s not something we want to happen. We offered him £200,000-a-week 18 months ago. He turned it down.”
“It’s cost him £10m to stay at West Ham in that time. And he wants to go. You can’t keep a player who doesn’t want to be there.”
The day after Rice won his first European title, Sullivan made his statement. Despite continuous rumors over his future, Rice stated following the game that “he loves the club” and still has “two years left.”
Rice continued, “My focus is playing for West Ham at the moment. I’m captain of this club and I can’t speak highly enough of this place. Let’s just see what happens. Let’s wait and see. Who knows?”