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Many reasons why Rice to Chelsea won’t happen

It was as inevitable as night following day that the majority of Hammers fans seeing the latest CandH story on Delan Rice’s future would see him as being on his way.

We revealed earlier that the Irons have a minimum £80 million price tag on him but were two or three clubs to come in who knows how that may sky rocket.

The reality however is somewhat different in times when we don’t know whether this season will even be completed or when the next one will start.

Hate to mention the words again but ‘revenue streams ‘ will be at rock bottom and whilst West Ham’s wage bill totals £3 million a week there’s no telling what those of Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester City’s might be,

They won’t be more than Barca’s where the cash crisis affecting all clubs means the players are talking about taking a 70 per cent cut.

So let’s not run away with the idea that Dec’s departure is anywhere near a given this year. The circumstances dictate for me that he is more likely to leave in the 21/22 season if it’s going to happen at all.

For on top of an £8 million fee minimum the player would need to be on wages of around £200k a week which with the fee would cost them nearly £150 million in the most difficult financial climate the game has ever known.

I wouldn’t go right out on a limb and say it won’t happen but I think the Chelsea connection is actually being plugged by the media as they are desperately short of stories tight now.

If the Hammers need to plug a gap in their finances it’s more likely to come in selling Felipe Anderson, Manu Lanzini or Yarmolenko.

My bet? Dec will be around for the new season whenever that gets underway!

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “Many reasons why Rice to Chelsea won’t happen

  1. Chelsea fan op here: I can’t see Chelsea having a great need for Rice or, for that matter, anyone else in his position this summer. Chelsea are as likely as any to have the cash, even if the quote is way too high imho, but do not have the need to push through an expensive deal in midfield where they are well covered.

    With Kova, Kante, RLC, Jorgi, Gilmour, Barkley, Mount and possibly Gallagher all after places in a midfield three purchases are more likely at LB, CF, GK and another winger or inside forward. Even if Chels sell Jorginho I see us as overstocked in CM and getting real issues solved makes way more sense than re-signing Rice.

    He looks a decent player but will be worth more to West Ham than to Chelsea and I see Arsenal needing him most but unable to find the buy.

  2. i love declan rice as a player at west ham but there have been a few transfers that have broken my heart over the years
    bobby moore to fulham tony cottee to everton the list is endless but no one player is bigger than any club so must have a price tag we all know that as west ham fans when we sold a league winning team ferdinand carrick cole defoe johnson lampard all went on to represent england but they all had a price
    i think 80 mill is good for declan he would be replaced by ake from qpr in my eyes this is very good buisness

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