Three Premier League heavyweights ready to battle for West Ham's Declan Rice

Declan Rice
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Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United are among the clubs interested in signing West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, say reports.

The England international made headlines on Thursday when he hinted that he is open to leaving the Hammers (opens in new tab)to fulfil his ambitions.

"I see my friends here who play in the Champions League, winning the big trophies,” Rice said.

“You only get one career and at the end of your career you want to look at what you've won and at the biggest games you've played in. I'm really ambitious and I really want to do that."

Rice won’t be lacking in options when he does leave east London, according to CBS reporter Ben Jacobs. (opens in new tab)

He writes that Chelsea still see the central midfielder as a priority target and hope they can get a deal done for under £75 million.

But Liverpool and Manchester United are also in the equation and there is no frontrunner in the race yet.

As Rice alluded to, Champions League football is one of his personal targets and his next move could depend on who can offer that to him.

West Ham were reportedly demanding £100-120m for Rice’s signature over the summer, but this was a method to deter interested clubs and they won’t require quite such an eye-watering sum if and when they do agree to sell.

Rice is currently with the England squad at World Cup 2022, where he has started all three games for the Three Lions so far.

The 23-year-old has a contract with West Ham until 2024 and is valued at €80m (£68m) by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab).

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.