Rumoured Liverpool target Declan Rice has reportedly made a wage demand that will see the England international earn three times what the midfielder currently makes at West Ham.
According to journalist Michael Bridge, the 24-year-old is eager to see his wage package treble to £210,000-a-week amid growing reports that Rice will leave West Ham this summer, with Liverpool one of the sides interested in signing the Irons captain.
📝 Declan Rice is expected to earn at least three times his current 70k p/w wages— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 9, 2023
🔴 Arsenal remain the current favourites to sign the midfielder
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Currently earning £70,000-a-week, Rice’s new wage demands are hardly outrageous given how key the midfielder has been for both West Ham and England in recent years, and the likes of Liverpool could now be expected to break the £200,000-a-week barrier to sign the Hammers superstar.
As reported by the Telegraph, Liverpool could already face the prospect of having to pay over £100m to just sign Rice from West Ham, and news of the midfielder’s wage demands could again throw Jurgen Klopp’s plan to bring the England dynamo to Anfield out of the window.
Declan Rice wage demand should put the nail in the coffin of Liverpool move
Liverpool signing Rice was always going to be a financially difficult deal, and this latest update that the midfielder will make a wage demand of over £200,000-a-week should surely put an end to the Reds’ pursuit for the England international.
As we know, Liverpool need two top class central midfielders this summer, and with top-four far from confirmed, the Reds have to be wise with the limited funds they have, meaning a move for Rice should be scrapped for more financially viable targets.