Liverpool and Manchester United have contacted West Ham vice-captain Declan Rice‘s agent and have “expressed interest” in the England international, according to journalist Ian McGarry.
Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, McGarry claimed that Chelsea have withdrawn from the race to sign the 21-year-old but the Reds are still in the mix:
“He is no longer on the transfer list of recruitment possibilities for the Stamford Bridge club, but he has certainly roused the interest of Liverpool and Manchester United. Both of whom have expressed interest to Rice’s agent as we understand and they have asked to be kept informed of any offers made for the England international.”
West Ham are thought to be demanding as much as £80m for Rice, which would probably rule out Liverpool from making a bid for the midfielder in the summer transfer window.
The departure of Georginio Wijnaldum will mean that the club will be on the lookout for a potential replacement, but the likes of Lille’s Renato Sanches, Brighton’s Yves Bissouma and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria are believed to be more realistic targets.
Rice’s game has come on leaps and bounds over the past 18 months but his price tag will likely mean he will stay at the London Stadium for the foreseeable future.