Report: Insiders at PL club say they may have to sell their £150m star next year with Chelsea strongly linked

Reports suggest West Ham have conceded that they will have to sell Declan Rice next summer.

According to The Athletic, long-time links to Chelsea as well as Manchester City and Manchester United are unlikely to go away.

The Hammers believe they can keep hold of their star man for this season at least, but there is a feeling among West Ham insiders that his time at the London Stadium is coming to an end.

The 23-year-old further upped his game last season, where he remained an essential component of a strong West Ham side.

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He has also proven his worth on the international stage, with his performances at the Euros making him one of the first names on England’s teamsheet.

West Ham had set a £150m price tag on the midfielder back in April, with the hope that Rice would sign a new deal.

However, the Athletic reports that he has turned down any deals offered to him, leaving internal members of the Hammers to admit they may have to sell next summer to avoid him leaving on a free in 2024.

West Ham to sell Rice next summer

The 23-year-old has been strongly linked with Chelsea for a number of windows, with his improved box-to-box ability perfect for the Blues’ midfield.

The move would see Rice reunited with Mason Mount, with the pair growing up together in the club’s academy and remaining best friends.

Rice would complement current midfielder Mateo Kovacic perfectly, with them both having the perfect attributes to drive the team forward through the middle.

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With N’golo Kante’s recurring injury problems and frequent rumours of a move away for Jorginho, the timing of the deal could be perfect for the Blues, with them also afforded time to see how Conor Gallagher performs back at the club.

The England international had a stellar spell on loan at Crystal Palace last season, breaking his way into the national team. With no concrete reports of a move away as yet, Thomas Tuchel would do well to give him a chance to show that form around better players at Stamford Bridge.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.