Chelsea must break British transfer record to sign Premier League midfielder

Declan Rice
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Enzo Fernandez’s £107million move to Chelsea from Benfica is a British transfer record and the Blues have now been told that record must be broken to sign West Ham captain Declan Rice.

Rice, 24, has emerged as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world over the past three campaigns.

Rice is in the final 18 months of his West Ham contract, although West Ham have the option to extend for another year.

Speaking after West Ham’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle United on Saturday, Moyes said: “Declan was a top player, he showed so many things.

“Undoubtedly, he’s going to be a top player and undoubtedly, he’ll be a British transfer record whenever he leaves West Ham.”

When queried if Rice’s departure was inevitable, Moyes responded: “I hope it’s not!

“A lot’s been said about it and when you see what’s been happening with the transfer prices, I think Declan will be blowing that out of the water when it comes around.”