West Ham are convinced that the value of Declan Rice has rocketed to £70million following his outstanding campaign, Football Insider understands.
The 20-year-old has established himself as a fulcrum of the Hammers side in a central midfield role and also shone on the international stage after switching allegiance to England.
An West Ham source has told Football Insider the club are convinced Rice’s price tag has climbed far in excess of their record sale of £25million, the sum Marseille spent on Dimitri Payet two years ago.
“He’s young, hungry and a brilliant player who is only going to get better. We know we’re sitting on a £70m goldmine in Declan, and that could turn out to be a conservative value if he continues to progress like he has done in the last two seasons,” the source said.
Rice has leapfrogged the likes of star attackers Marko Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini to become West Ham’s prize asset as a result of his consistent excellence.
Publicly, West Ham have claimed they have no intention of cashing in on Rice, even though Manuel Pellegrini went off message slightly last month by stating every player has his price.
Behind the scenes, the Hammers accept the rising star, who signed a new contract earlier this season that runs until 2024, would almost certainly be sold if a club met their £70million price tag.
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