Rio Ferdinand believes “it’s inevitable” Declan Rice will leave West Ham United and believes he would cost in the region of £50million.
The English midfielder has attracted interest from the Premier League’s biggest clubs after breaking through the academy ranks with the Hammers.
MEN Sport understands that whilst Manchester United have shown a previous interest in the 21-year-old, that interest has cooled.
Chelsea are said to be the frontrunners for his signature.
Ferdinand believes that Rice is destined to play for one of the biggest teams in the country but doesn’t expect a January transfer.
“I don’t think he goes in this window. He stays there until the end of the season,” Ferdinand told FIVE.
“I don’t think he’s the type of kid who is going to push to leave right now. If it happens, it’ll be between the clubs. He won’t be the person to instigate it.
“I think he is quite a laid-back kid in that sense but I see him as someone, look I’ve spoken to him. Not about this transfer but he’s a driven kid. He wants to achieve things and he’s a sponge. ‘What was it like in your team?’
“He reminds me a lot of myself in that respect. He asks you questions like, ‘what was he like training with at United?’ That’d be about a player in his position. He wants to know everything and you can’t fault a kid like that.
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“I think it’s inevitable that he is going to go. If I’m being realistic it’ll be the summer and it would be Chelsea if he gets his wish.
“I think West Ham will want to get as much as they can. Without COVID, I think they would be wanting to get £70m+ but with COVID, it’ll be around the 50s.
“If you are talking about Chelsea (buying him) or City, I don’t think they are going to struggle at all. Others may do.”