West Ham United source shares Declan Rice update amid Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United links
West Ham reportedly have not received bids for Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United target Declan Rice due to their European involvement.
According to a London Stadium source that’s spoken to Claret and Hugh exclusively [31 May], clubs respect the fact that the Hammers’ season is not yet over as they still have the UEFA Europa Conference League final to play.
The Hammers are set to take on Fiorentina on Wednesday, 7 June, aiming for their first piece of silverware in years.
The aforementioned source said that Arsenal are standing by to make an offer of just £85 million, saying, “That is what we believe will be put to use as there appears to be a lack of money around generally this summer.
“However, we expect bids from two or three clubs once we play our last game as they respect our season is still very much going on.
“We would have to hope that clubs such as Manchester United and Chelsea may come in which of course would see the figures rise.”
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Despite Arsenal finishing higher than the other two clubs, their capability to spend is not as much as Chelsea’s and Man United’s.
If it gets beyond a certain point, they may drop out of the race and this should not bother West Ham as they need to make the most of their asset.
Rice is undoubtedly going to be the most expensive Hammers player of all time when he ends up being sold this summer and there are doubts as to where that’ll be.
Right now, Arsenal appear to be in the driver’s seat as the other two clubs have high-profile midfield targets of their own.
Chelsea are eyeing a deal for Manuel Ugarte while Manchester United are looking to sign Mason Mount from the Blues.
West Ham will be hoping that the market stays heated up for Rice as Bayern Munich too have been in the race and could battle Arsenal right until the end.