By Daniel Feliciano

12th Oct, 2022 | 7:10pm

Liverpool enter race to sign West Ham United star Declan Rice

Liverpool are set to enter the race to sign Declan Rice from West Ham next summer and compete with Chelsea for a blockbuster transfer, says Simon Phillips.

The Hammers have been dealing with transfer interest for their captain for years, but have so far priced him out of a transfer with his £150m valuation.

But after it emerged that Chelsea were working on a deal for Rice for the summer of 2023 with West Ham reportedly open to doing business for the first time, journalist Phillips has told his Substack [12 October] the Blues will have serious competition for his signature.

“Liverpool are very interested in signing Declan Rice next summer,” he wrote.

“Chelsea of course remain keen as well, but Liverpool could be about to enter the race to sign the England midfielder.

“He would always choose Chelsea over any other club if the offer is on the table from multiple clubs.”

Huge

It’s been coming and we all knew then when it did arrive it would be huge, but the race for Rice is definitely on.

It’s well known that Chelsea have been interested for a long time, as have Manchester United, but the interest from up north seems to have settled down a bit now with the arrival of Erik Ten Hag.

However with Liverpool currently struggling in the league and their squad getting older, it seems they’re ready to begin a rebuild and Rice is being targeted as the main man in midfield.

There has been talk of Jude Bellingham being a target for both clubs too, so it seems unlikely that they would be able to sign both in one summer and that race could end up playing a big part in Rice’s future.

But with his preference to stay in London and return to Chelsea, Liverpool have a big fight on their hands and it seems like there is little West Ham will be able to do to keep him at the club beyond this season.