It's not unusual to see players outgrow their current teams and pursue a bigger challenge elsewhere. That seems to be the case with English star Declan Rice, as he's looking to leave West Hame United to play UEFA Champions League soccer next season.
Rice is one of Europe's rising stars, a versatile midfielder with a nice feel for the game. He can play as a stopper at the center of the pitch or right behind the striker thanks to his playmaking skills.
Thus, it's not crazy to see that 3 Premier League giants are already following his steps, according to a report by The Guardian. So, he decided to turn down a contract extension with West Ham and take a step forward next season.
Transfer Rumors: 3 Premier League Teams Want To Sign Declan Rice
Chelsea, the reigning UEFA Champions League champions are looking to defend their title by making several additions in the summer. Thomas Tuchel has gotten a green light to spend and adding an up-and-coming 22-year-old star would be pretty good for them.
The Blues already have plenty of depth at the center of the pitch but Rice would be an upgrade over Jorginho and a perfect fit next to N'Golo Kanté. Also, he was actually in Chelsea's academy before being released at 14.
Manchester United just completed the signing of Jadon Sancho so some would argue that they're not exactly ready to spend more money. Then again, the team could break the bank and offer him a big wager anyway.
Also, The Guardian reports that The Red Devils could offer Jesse Lingard to try and sweeten the deal for The Hammers, as he's been one of David Moyes' go-to guys during his loan spell at London Stadium.
And, obviously, Manchester City will always be a team to watch when it comes to a big-name signing. They have an unlimited budget and are keen to defend their English Premier League title, and you know they're never satisfied with their squad.
Bernardo Silva could be on his way out as he's lost a lot of ground in Pep Guardiola's pecking order. Pep is reportedly quite fond of Rice's talent and he'd be enticed to join a team that's constantly near the top of the table.