TalkSPORT’s Simon Jordan doesn’t believe Liverpool should target Declan Rice at £100m. He fails to see how the West Ham star is worth that.
Declan Rice made some headlines on Thursday as he openly talked about his future. He didn’t exactly hide that he could leave West Ham United in 2023 as he chases the game’s highest honours.
Of course, it’s not a surprise that he thinks that. It might be a surprise that he outright says it, but there has been talk for a while that West Ham would sell Rice.
The Telegraph recently claimed that he and Jude Bellingham would be involved in bidding wars involving Liverpool and other major clubs. The pair, after all, are elite homegrown talents that every top English side would love to have.
Simon Jordan told TalkSPORT that he doesn’t see how Rice can go for money like Bellingham, though. He doesn’t view him as a £100m player and worries he’s overpriced.
“I’m underwhelmed by Declan Rice [at the World Cup],” he said. “I think he’s a very good player but I’m trying to work out what a £100m player should look like.
“And I think it should look a little more compelling than what he’s showing. But that may just be because he’s asked to play a certain way.
“There’s a rumour going around here that eventually, Declan Rice is going to pass a ball forward in this tournament.”
Liverpool target Declan Rice
We can see the ‘worry’ there. It’s challenging to get that kind of value out of a relatively ‘functional’ midfielder, after all. Rice has a lot of talent but he’s not someone who will win you games all season long.
And for what it’s worth, the Telegraph don’t believe Rice would reach £100m. They put his asking price at around £70m, which is a little more palatable.
As for our own thoughts, Rice should be second-choice at best. Bellingham must be the priority target for Liverpool but if that pursuit fails, we expect a push for the West Ham star. Having a long-term, homegrown piece in midfield carries extra value and Rice is someone who could improve dramatically under Jurgen Klopp.
£100m might be a bit much, yes, but we think Liverpool could easily get £70m out of him.