Former West Ham winger Matt Jarvis has claimed Chelsea would be a “good fit” for Declan Rice, with the England international understood to be of interest to both Manchester United and City as well.
The 21-year-old has become a key part of the Hammers lineup over the past few seasons and has been linked with moves to a number of top European clubs.
However, Jarvis, who spent three-and-a-half seasons at West Ham, believes a switch to Stamford Bridge would be the best move for Rice’s career, given their renewed focus on youth under manager Frank Lampard.
“He’s a very talented young player who’s obviously playing week in, week out at West Ham and also playing for England,” Jarvis told talkSPORT.
West Ham star Declan Rice has been touted to leave soon
“He’s really got on to the scene and doing extremely well. He’s obviously going to want to continue to improve and it’s just whether he feels if it’s the right time for him if he wants to move on or not.
“I think Chelsea are a club who are going in the right direction under Lampard. The youngsters are getting their opportunities, so it would be a good fit for him to go in with a few other youngsters.
Rice has established himself as an England regular under Gareth Southgate
“He’s a really important figure at West Ham. He’s come through the youth team, he’s got great potential and he’s showing it now.
“It’s really hard to put an exact figure on it. Obviously West Ham won’t want to let him go as he’s an integral part of their team, so they’ll be expecting, if bids are coming in, that they’ll have to be a lot higher than the usual one.
“He’s young and he’s playing for England already; you’ve got to be looking at probably above £50m in this [market].
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