West Ham United chairman David Sullivan has given captain Declan Rice the green light to join the transfer market this summer.
Rice’s future at the London Stadium has been the subject of controversy in recent weeks. The latter is the target of Europe’s best clubs.
“The Hammers” are avoiding discussing Rice until the end of the 2022-23 season, but after celebrating winning the UEFA Europa Conference League on Wednesday night (June 7).) It looks like the players have made their decision.
Sullivan gave an interview on “Talk Sport (talkSPORT)” Thursday, June 8, “I think this will be his last game. We promise to let him go. His heart is not here anymore.”
“You can’t doubt a player who has given us more during the season. When the time is right, he has to leave and we have to find someone else to replace him.
“That’s not what we want to see happen. We offered him £200,000 a week (about 8.7 million baht) 18 months ago and he refused.
“He had to lose 10 million pounds (430 million baht) in wages to stay at West Ham and he wanted to move. You can’t keep players who want to move.”
The Daily Mail reports that Arsenal, who are second in the Premier League, will soon make an official bid for the Hammers, with Sullivan asking for a price in excess of £100m for Rice.
Bayern Munich, the German Bundesliga champions managed by Thomas Tuchel, are also keen to bring Rice into the team. But the players want to trade on the British Isles.