Declan Rice has arguably been West Ham’s best player over the past 15 months or so.
The 20-year-old has performed to an incredibly consistent standard since the start of last season, and he has now firmly established himself as one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League.
The Hammers ace often displays a certain level of maturity that defies his tender years. And it could be argued that he is indispensable for West Ham.
Unfortunately for West Ham, however, Rice’s fine displays have not gone unnoticed.
Manchester giants United and City both want to sign the England international, according to the Express.
The Daily Star have reported today that the east London outfit will not sell Rice for anything less than £80 million.
Should they be asking for more money, however?
With the way that the transfer market has gone since Neymar’s £200 million move to PSG in the summer of 2017, it could be argued that West Ham should be asking for at least £100 million for Rice.
Average Premier League players seem to go for between £30-40 million nowadays.
Rice will undoubtedly go on to become one of the world’s best players. He has all the makings of emulating players such as Fernandinho and Fabinho.
The east London club don’t have history in selling players for huge fees. The £25 million that they received for Dimitri Payet in 2017 remains their record sale.
So selling Rice for £80 million could be a naive move. They should demand so much more.
The England international is so important to the Hammers, and it would take a serious amount of money to replace what he offers them.
And West Ham simply must not let the 20-year-old go for anything less than £100 million, if they do indeed decide to sell him at some point.