Where next for Declan Rice? Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal?

Declan Rice is a key part of a West Ham side pushing for a Champions League spot. However, even the most positive Hammers fan knows they can't hold on to him forever, especially as he wants trophies.

After flourishing for both club and country in recent years, Declan Rice has become one of the biggest prospects in the Premier League.

At just 23, Rice is already captain of West Ham and their best player by a million miles, plus he's a mainstay in Gareth Southgate's England side. It only seems a matter of time before he takes a step up to Europe's elite. Some would argue he's there already.

Recent transfer windows have seen him linked to both Manchester United and Chelsea, but both West Ham and David Moyes have stood firm in their valuation of Rice, demanding a spectacular fee for their prized star.

This week Rice admitted his desire to win an abundance of trophies. West Ham's last trophy? The Intertoto Cup in 1999, if that actually counts. Rice was just six months old. Before that it was the FA Cup in 1980.

Let's just say West Ham cleaners don't spend a great deal of money on silver polish.

"I have always said it, I don't want to have a career where I've not won anything," Rice told Gary Neville on the Overlap podcast.

"Growing up as a kid I've seen all these top players win the trophies, win the Premier League, the Champions League.

"Me as a football fan and a player I want to win the best stuff, I want to win the Premier League, I want to lift that trophy, I want to win the Champions League, I want to win the FA Cups, League Cups, even with England, I want to win it all."

He won't be collecting those trophies in east London will he?

Most West Ham fans know that Rice will leave at some point, especially if they fail to book a European place next season. West Ham have always sold their best players. So Planet Sport looks at where England's future captain could go next.

Manchester United

Declan Rice, Fred, Manchester United, West Ham, Premier League

With the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer transfer window, Manchester United looked to be on the verge of becoming a European super power once more.

However, those heady early season days are long behind them and United are treading water outside the top four. Most United fans believe Rice would be the perfect addition to their midfield, especially with Paul Pogba's future looking uncertain, and Scott McTominay and Fred being...er Scott McTominay and Fred.

Rice's ability to not only defend but also take the ball forward has been displayed throughout his career, and his attributes would allow Bruno Fernandes to continue his roaming role.

The midfielder would also reunite with former West Ham loanee Jesse Lingard in the Red Devils' midfield, having already formed a successful partnership during his time in London.

A move to Manchester seems the most likely for Rice given United's desperate need of a holding midfielder, and he may be tempted by the prospect of returning them to former glory.


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Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea have also proven themselves to be silverware winners of late, and we're sure Rice could be tempted to further bolster their stacked midfield.

Last season's Champions League win would have surely caught the eye of the midfielder - who is reportedly a Chelsea fan, and watching England team-mate and good friend Mason Mount lift the silverware will spur him on further.

Also, let's not forget that Rice started his career within Chelsea's academy alongside Mount, and the pair have been inseperable since, so a return to south London is certainly on the cards.

If Rice were to be offered a chance to play for his boyhood club, as well as the opportunity to achieve both domestic and European glory, we have no doubts that he'd sign the contract.

Manchester City

Declan Rice, Ilkay Gundogan, Manchester City, West Ham, Premier League

Another side that have expressed their interest in Rice is Manchester City. They have been keeping their eye on the Englishman for a while as they look to inject more young talent into their midfield.

Midfield general Fernandinho is 36 and, with little time left on his contract, Rice looks to be the perfect replacement.

It has been reported that Man City considered a bid last season but backed out and offered the Brazilian a one-year contract extension instead.

However, Rice is still viewed as the best long-term repacement for Fernandinho, and there are no doubts over City's ability to pay Rice's £100million price tag.


Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka, West Ham, Arsenal, Premier League

Maybe a bit of an outsider, but Arsenal are another team who could certainly do with Rice joining their midfield.

With Thomas Partey failing to living up to expectation and Granit Xhaka's tendency to get himself sent off, Rice would add a much-needed injection of composure and application into the heart of the Gunners' midfield.

His defensive and attacking abilities would fit Mikel Arteta's style to a tee, but if a London move is on the cards it's a lot more likely he chooses blue over red.


Jonjo Shelvey and Eddie Howe applaud Newcastle crowd

It is the law that Newcastle are linked with everyone because of their new-found wealth. Whether Eddie Howe has even considered looking at Rice is not important.

Rice is expensive, Newcastle have the cash. Simple, according to anyone wearing black and white as their Sunday best.

Crucially Newcastle are a bit like West Ham when it comes to silverware. They won the Intertoto Cup in 2006 and are a good few years off collecting a major trophy - unless the Championship counts? Plus, are they really that big a draw for Rice?

Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane and Declan Rice, England

Another north London club who have an outside chance of landing Rice are Tottenham Hotspur.

Oliver Skipp is currently developing in the Spurs midfield. However, if they managed to land Rice, there wouldn't even be a conversation over who would start in the middle of the park.

Rice's presence would bolster Tottenham's midfield, but the team around him still needs massive improvements. On top of that, there seems little chance Rice would move to a rival who are arguably less likely to win silverware than his current West Ham side.

Sorry Spurs fans, this one is little more than a pipe dream.

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