Liverpool are ready to submit an offer to West Ham for Declan Rice after Chelsea and Manchester United were put on red alert.
The hunt for a Georginio Wijnaldum replacement is on and the Reds have already been linked with a whole host of players but Declan Rice is the cream of the crop.
He’s virtually untouchable as West Ham hold all the cards but it is certainly interesting to consider the thought of him moving to Anfield.
Liverpool ready to make bid to sign Declan Rice
Towards the end of June, Liverpool were linked with the English midfielder.
According to Dean Jones, writing in his Transfer Notebook for Eurosport, Champions League clubs Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have all shown an interest in signing Declan Rice.
He is also reportedly willing to leave London to join the likes of Liverpool or one of the Manchester clubs.
Now, according to ExWHUemployee, Liverpool are ready to submit an offer to sign Rice and could do so soon but they will need to beat Chelsea and Manchester United to his signature.
How realistic is Rice to Liverpool?
On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate Liverpool’s chances of signing the West Ham midfielder at a 1 this summer and it’s not because they aren’t interested but it’s more to do with the Hammers’ position of strength.
The London club has a contract with Rice that lasts until 2024 and they also have the right to extend it by another year until 2025.
As things stand, Chelsea and Man Utd are on red ‘alert’ after the EURO 2020 star rejected two contract offers from West Ham. They’re the strong favourites given their superior spending power.
This comes from the Telegraph, who reported on July 1st that he will continue to reject fresh offers “as he waits to see whether United or Chelsea firm up their interest in him with a bid.”
They don’t mention the Reds which is curious because Dean Jones named Jurgen Klopp’s side as an interested party.
Is Rice needed at Liverpool this summer?
No. The 22-year-old has come on in leaps and bounds this year but as things stand, he’s not really what Liverpool need in the engine room.
They need someone that can add the energy, press resistance and ability to pressure opposition players that Wijnaldum provided so brilliantly for five years.
Rice is a defensive midfielder and while he has shown this summer that he will one day be one of the very best in his position, he costs too much for Liverpool to consider.
Dean Jones also claimed that the young midfielder will want to be paid £150,000/week and I can’t see Liverpool putting him straight into their top earning bracket.