Chelsea have been alerted to Declan Rice’s on-going contract saga at West Ham, and are reportedly ready to offer the teenage star a bumper pay rise.
Rice was released by Chelsea at 14 before the signed for West Ham’s academy, and the 19-year-old has now established himself as an integral member of Manuel Pellegrini’s starting XI.
The Hammers holding midfielder is understood to still be on wages of just £3,000-a-week, and there has been no agreement over an improved deal yet.
The club saw a £20,000-a-week offer rejected by Rice as they remain in crunch talks with his representatives.
Rice’s current deal expires in 2020, and according to the Metro, Chelsea are keen on re-signing the talent they let slip through the net at their academy.
The talented player is rated highly enough at West Ham to be seen as a future captain at the club, but he wants wages more in line with his first-team colleagues.
Rice – who according to Starsport has pledged his allegiance to England over Ireland – has played the full 90 minutes in each of West Ham’s four wins so far this season.
But the Hammers no they are in danger of losing their star if they do not sort his future out soon.
Chelsea’s interest will make it harder for West Ham to agree terms, with the Blues reportedly willing to hand Rice a £40,000-a-week salary, according to the Metro.
The Blues are eyeing fresh young talent in their midfield to support N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, with both Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater unlikely to have a future at the club.
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