West Ham resigned to losing their captain

22 Apr, 2023
written by Sean Whetstone

West Ham holds little hope of retaining their West Ham captain next season, with his representatives insisting on Champions League football.

West Ham winning the Europa Conference League and qualification for the Europa League would make no difference to and the chances of keeping Declan Rice after this season.

The Hammers offered their captain a record £200,000 per week offer on a long-term contract last year, but his agent father failed to respond to the offer one way or another.

The desire for Champions League football means Chelsea and Liverpool are not viable clubs for next season and it probably counts out Spurs too.

In the Premier League, that leaves Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United and maybe Newcastle United.

Arsenal remains the best bet, with intermediaries allegedly having a gentleman’s agreement on a 7-year deal worth £73m on £200,000 per week.

But that will come down to how much Arsenal is prepared to bid for Rice this summer, Arsenal will want to land their target for £60 to £70m while West Ham will be hoping for £90m to £100m. There is always the challenge that either Manchester Club or Newcastle could come in with a better offer and that might leave Rice and his father in a difficult situation with regard to personal terms if he wants to stay in London with his young family.


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