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David Sullivan could destroy David Moyes’ season by selling Declan Rice amid claims that the West Ham United star midfielder is Chelsea’s only target for the January transfer window.
Which is the word?
According to talkSPORTAs the Irons prepare for a winter war with Chelsea over Rice’s services, the Stamford Bridge natives remain interested in signing the England international.
Frank Lampard is a strong supporter of Rice’s potential and believes he would vastly improve the ranks at Stamford Bridge if he acquired him, but he must first shed the deadweight at the club.
How much would Rice be worth in January?
Less than £ 50 million
£ 50 million – £ 75 million
£ 75 million – £ 100 million
More than £ 100 million
Chelsea are expected to listen to offers by Danny Drinkwater, Fikayo Tomori, Marcos Alonso and Willy Caballero in order to raise funds for Rice, the value of which has only risen since West Ham imposed a price tag of £ 80m to avoid the interest in the summer. .
The Blues objected to meeting the Hammers’ asking price in the offseason and never submitted an official offer, and may now have to wait until the end of the current season to launch their efforts after their expected start of the season. period.
West Ham had been linked with double rice £ 60,000 per week salary with a deal that would make the 21-year-old the club’s highest-earning player after Chelsea’s interest in the summer, with David Gold and Sullivan aware of the need to recognize the midfielder’s growing status at London Stadium.
Sullivan and the West Ham hierarchy are reaching a crucial moment in their season, and must decide whether to postpone improved terms speculated earlier in the campaign or prepare for a war with Chelsea after being stunned by the Blues’ formal lack of action. in summer.
Losing Rice midway through the season would risk imploding the Hammers season, having seen Moyes rely heavily on the academy graduate as one of only three players – alongside Tomas Soucek and Aaron Cresswell – to play the 1,530 minutes of Premier League football available so far.
Rice has stayed on the field each and every second, often bringing balance to the engine room with a quiet presence to dictate how West Ham will operate, with the 21-year-old recording the most total passes (820 ) than any other. Irons player to date, by Who scored.
He is also among the top four players at London Stadium for key passes (14), successful dribbling (18), successful tackles (32) and interceptions (35).
Rice is so important to West Ham’s game that Moyes fears becoming too dependent on him.
“He is such an improved player. I really think he is doing a great job as a player and we are hopeful that he is an outstanding captain, ”said Moyes, via quotes from the Daily mail.
“The role, the responsibility that he assumes in the field due to his young age, his leadership qualities will be built. He has learned from Harry Kane and Mark Noble. My biggest concern, and I know he’s young, would be that I don’t want us to depend too much on him. “
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