Gary Neville says he would only spend £50m to £60m on West Ham vice-captain Declan Rice, despite the Hammers valuing him nearer to £100m.
There have been reports in recent days that the 22-year-old is unhappy with his sky-high asking price, and Neville claims you won’t see interested clubs meeting the current valuation:
“I’ve always liked him. I’ve got no problem with Declan Rice at all. The question is, 80 or 100 million pounds, would you spend that level of money on him?”
Again, as every West Ham supporter will tell you, Rice’s price tag is not based on his market value. It is simply what the midfielder is worth to the London club because he would be so hard to replace.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are very unlikely to make an approach for the England international before the transfer window closes so he will be remaining at the London Stadium for the time being.
However, there will be concerns over Rice’s long-term future at the club as he has refused to sign a number of contract extensions recently.