West Ham have slapped a £150m price tag on midfielder Declan Rice, according to reports in the English media.
The valuation has sparked a lot of debate among supporters of other clubs, but Hammers fans on Twitter believe there are a number of good reasons why the England international is worth that much:
It’s more than fair, the kid is only going to get better and he’s already amongst the best midfielders in the world
— Mark Horgan ⚒ 🇺🇦 (@MarkHor85004053) March 23, 2022
If a club is ambitious then they build a team around one of the best players…if they see the club as a cash cow, they sell him….end of story.
— Taff Manton (@taffmanton) March 23, 2022
no one’s gonna pay it so it’s good. things will obviously change if he asks out but i think he’ll stay another season
then the 22-23 season is UCL qualification or he’s gone
— Joel Summers (@joel_s0) March 23, 2022
Priceless. The team risks dying without him he’s our leader and the team is lessened without him
— Will Nero (@Willarnus) March 23, 2022
He’s priceless to us, we won’t be able to replace him we need to build a better team around him
— Marc Flower (@marco1681) March 23, 2022
Very fair. If another club wants a player we don’t want to sell, then they have to pay.
— Wayne Kisbee (@KisbeeWayne) March 23, 2022
It’s the right price if it scares off any would be suitors
— Marcus Rowswell⚒ (@MarcusRowswell) March 23, 2022
Someone could offer 65 billion and I’d be gutted
— Billy Browne (@billybrowne1) March 23, 2022
He’s worth that price tag to us at West Ham
— 父Dave Probert父 (@HammerSince1962) March 23, 2022
It pretty much comes down to how important Rice is to West Ham. He is the club’s best player and that means that, if any team wants to buy him, they will have to pay through the nose to get him.
Manchester United and Chelsea (even with their problems) are believed to be the 23-year-old’s main suitors, but his asking price could well put them off from making a move.
If it does stop them from going after Rice, the sky-high valuation will have done its job, but we shall have to wait and see how things play out over the summer.