West Ham captain Declan Rice “hasn’t made up his mind” on which club he will join next summer, according to journalist Ben Jacobs.
There were reports over the weekend that suggested that the 24-year-old was leaning towards a move to Arsenal, as he was keen on working with manager Mikel Arteta, but Jacobs claims Chelsea are very much still in contention for the player’s signature:
“He has always been a priority name for Chelsea, but they had no chance of landing him last summer. Rice hasn’t made up his mind. Chelsea, much like with Jude Bellingham, have always known there will be competition for Rice. Arsenal’s interest is not particularly new and should they win the Premier League and be able to offer Rice instant Champions League football, they’ll be in a strong position. Manchester United can’t be discounted either.”
“Chelsea will be confident in agreeing something with West Ham, so it’s all going to come down to convincing Rice; and from Chelsea’s point of view having him see progress between now and the end of the season could be a significant factor.”
Jacobs has previously said that West Ham could sell Rice for between £75m and £85m, which is a significant drop in his previous asking price.
If the England international is, in fact, available for that figure then plenty of other teams may also get involved in the race to secure his services.
Both Manchester City and Manchester United have also been mentioned as potential suitors for Rice in the past, but it has been reported that the midfielder would prefer to stay in London, meaning it could well come down to a straight fight between Chelsea and Arsenal.