Declan Rice is “very unlikely” to stay at West Ham this summer as Chelsea pave way for £310million windfall.
That is the view of former Aston Villa and England striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 22-year-old’s future at the London Stadium.
Rice‘s future has been the subject of intense speculation over the past 18 months with Chelsea and Manchester United coveting the England international.
However, Football Insider understands Rice is not Manchester United’s top central midfield target this summer.
Phillips believes Chelsea could tempt the centre-midfielder, whom they tried to sign last summer, to Stamford Bridge with a “ridiculous” offer.
“Where will Rice be playing next season? It is a million dollar question,” he told Football Insider.
“West Ham are a big club but if you get someone like a Chelsea knocking on the door, I don’t think they would be able to compete. Chelsea might be willing to pay ridiculous money, and they could offer the kid an unbelievable contract.
“Rice loves West Ham and you could see that in the stands but he needs to be challenging for trophies.
“West Ham has done incredibly this season but if you get a chance to go to Chelsea, it is so hard to turn down. We have saw it with Frank Lampard back in the day.
“Will Declan Rice be there next year? I would say it is very unlikely.”
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 18, 2021
Chelsea are one of six Premier League clubs who on Sunday night announced they have agreed to join a new European Super League.
As reported by The Times, the proposal could give the Blues a huge economic advantage over the likes of the Irons, with each founding member set to be handed up to £310million upon joining the competition.