Speculation over the future of West Ham United star Declan Rice has been making the headlines again this week.
Rice has established himself as one of the first names on Manuel Pellegrini’s teamsheet at West Ham.
His form sparked a battle for his international allegiance between England and Ireland.
But it also attracted the attention of West Ham’s Premier League rivals.
Rice speculation resurfaces
The 20-year-old midfield enforcer was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United over the summer (The Daily Mail).
Indeed the player himself told the press last week he feels he is good enough to play for the Old Trafford side one day.
Rice also insists he is committed to West Ham, who have looked in good shape so far this season.
The Manchester United speculation resurfaced this week when former Premier League striker Noel Whelan told Football Insider Rice could be sold for a whopping £90million to the Red Devils in January.
Red Devils linked with £90m January bid for Hammer
It has reignited talk about the Hammer’s future (BBC Sport).
And one man inundated on the subject was reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee.
The Twitter and radio personality was responding to the speculation when he revealed that Rice’s former club Chelsea – and not Manchester United – are his biggest concern.
Rather ominously ExWHUemployee also said he expects the Blues to bid for a player they released as a youngster in the ‘near future’.
West Ham insider reveals Chelsea worry
“Manchester United have been interested for ages, even before Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed manager),” ExWHUemployee said on Twitter.
“It’s inevitable that the big clubs will be interested. It is up to us to decide whether we want to sell him or not.
“I expect both Man U and Chelsea to bid in the near future. The latter worries me more.”
Man U have been interested for ages, even before Ole. It’s inevitable that the big clubs will be interested. It is up to us to decide whether we want to sell him or not. I expect both Man U and Chelsea to bid in the near future. The later worries me more. https://t.co/Ej7uT1Q3oO
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) September 10, 2019
West Ham fans and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard have not always seen eye-to-eye.
Taking their favourite player will do little to heal any old wounds.
Chelsea are currently fighting a transfer ban. It is expected they will be keen to spend big once that has been served or overturned.