Liverpool have contacted the agent of Declan Rice, according to Ian McGarry. This comes from the Transfer Window Podcast who seem to infer that Jurgen Klopp’s interest in the West Ham midfielder is genuine.
The Premier League champions were previously touted with a summer move for Rice, who has been capped 10 times for England, and according to McGarry, Liverpool have made their interest known to the player’s agent.
“He is no longer on the transfer list of recruitment possibilities for the Stamford Bridge club, but he has certainly roused the interest of Liverpool and Manchester United,” McGarry said.
“Both of whom have expressed interest to Rice’s agent as we understand and they have asked to be kept informed of any offers made for the England international.”
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Indeed, this is an interesting development from a Liverpool perspective. It’s easy to see why the Reds are monitoring the situation of the 22-year-old, too, following his sustained brilliance this season.
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In fact, Rice has played every single minute of the Hammers’ 2020/21 PL campaign, that currently sees David Moyes’ side level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea.
Manchester United are also seemingly in the race, too, which could complicate matters for Liverpool.
The main issue with signing a player of Rice’s ilk will undoubtedly come down to price.
The market for homegrown players, after all, has been heavily inflated and everyone knows it.
West Ham will no doubt command a significant premium (English tax) if they were to consider the prospect of selling arguably their best player.
An £80 million price-tag has previously been mooted, which from a Liverpool point of view, is just crazy money.
In the midst of a global pandemic, it seems unlikely Liverpool would spend an eye-watering amount of money in a position they are already sufficiently stocked in.