Declan Rice, a star for West Ham, appears destined to leave the organization this summer as clubs keep tabs on a prospective transfer for the England international.
It occurs as the captain of the Hammers has just over a year left on his current agreement at the London Stadium, and a new contract appears doubtful.
Rice, who was a former member of the Cobham academy before being released and continuing his career at West Ham, has long been admired by Chelsea.
As Mikel Arteta tries to expand his midfield options, Arsenal has entered the competition to sign the 24-year-old.
Rice even acknowledged that he wanted to advance to the next stage of his job when he said, last year, “I’ve been wanting to move up to the next phase of my career. I feel like I really want to keep pushing because I’ve been playing consistently well for my club.
I recognize several of my pals who are competing in the Champions League and for significant titles. You only get one career, therefore you want to reflect back on your accomplishments and the major games you took part in.
The Hammers are likely to allow the midfielder to depart before he leaves on a free transfer, so that’s just another signal that points to the potential of a transfer in the coming months. In the months to come, any transfer decision might be influenced by more than one incentive.
That’s because, according to the Telegraph, West Ham has relegation clauses in the contracts of the players that will see If the team does descend into the Championship, their pay will be reduced. Currently, West Ham is ranked 17th in the Premier League.
According to the source, it’s unclear whether everyone on the team has that as part of their contract, but it could be yet more factor for Rice to leave the team.
By the end of the summer, it will be clear how the transfer story will pan out, but it currently seems as though Rice will be making his significant transfer.