22/09/2021; 11:43 AM By : Steven D. Thompson
It’s hard to tell what a player would become, but it’s tough on the club, and they must be chewing their nails at letting one slip past them.
Rice, a player once overlooked, is turning the eyes of the major clubs in England, but they all know to prise him away from West Ham United would require a major surgical operation. Putting it succinctly, any club that wants the services of the English international would need a trailer load of cash.
Declan Rice has been on a consistent run of fine form and has continued from where he left off last season. Both David Moyes and Kevin Nolan have described him as a genuine star, and based on his performances, who can question that?
Chelsea have been on the hunt for the midfielder’s signature for a while now. As per Football.London, they have been informed that they would need to break the British transfer record to stand a chance of getting the player. Chelsea has set a target of next summer to get Rice, and now know that they would have to pay a fee over £100 million.
The Blues made a move for the 22-year-old midfielder in the summer without success and then opted to bring Saul Niguez on loan from Atletico Madrid. It is a far cheaper option, as reports claim that Chelsea has a buy option of £30 million at the end of the loan deal.
The hype around Rice is not misplaced as the player has put almost every foot right. His performances have justified the praise he has received. His price tag is probably why more clubs have not joined the fray for his signature.
Chelsea fans want their former academy player to reunite with Mason Mount, but Moyes does not believe that the £100 million valuation of the player does justice to the player.
According to Moyes, Rice is worth far, far more than the £100 million.
Comparing the player with some players who arrived from overseas, none has had anywhere near the impact that Rice has had, Moyes said.
Former West Ham player Kevin Nolan echoes the same sentiments describing the player’s attitude and ability as top-notch. Speaking with BBC Sport, Nolan said that against Manchester United that Rice put in an impressive shift.
Rice’s stop-gap replacement at Chelsea, Saul Niguez, didn’t quite hit the heights in his debut against Aston Villa. Another opportunity, however, presents itself when Chelsea take on the same opponents on Wednesday night in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
If Saul is unable to adapt quickly, then Chelsea might need to activate the plan to bring in Rice.