Declan Rice captained West Ham to their first major trophy in 43 years, as the Hammers beat Fiorentina 2-1 in the Europa Conference League final.
The magical night at Eden Arena was also the last time the midfielder lined up in West Ham colours, as Rice has been given the blessing to leave from West Ham chairman David Sullivan.
“We promised him he could go. He set his heart on going,” Sullivan told talkSPORT hours after Rice lifted the Europa Conference League trophy. “You can’t ask for a man who has committed more to us this season.”
West Ham ready to allow Manchester United target to depart
West Ham are expecting offers to arrive from Thursday, with Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Arsenal all targeting Rice. The London outfit could demand as much as £120m for the 24-year-old, who has 12 months left on his contract plus the option of another year.
The Red Devils are in the market to find a new partner for Casemiro. Rice has both the physicality and the technical ability to strengthen United’s engine room.
Former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has long been an admirer and is pushing Bayern to bring Rice to the Bundesliga.
Arsenal, who are understood to be leading the race at the moment, want the West Ham star to replace Granit Xhaka, who’s set to depart this summer.
According to The Guardian, the dynamic midfielder is Mikel Arteta’s top target, and Arsenal intend to move quickly to try to “fend off interest” from the likes of Bayern and United. Rice is also keen not to leave London.
United, meanwhile, have convinced Mason Mount, Rice’s former Chelsea academy teammate, to move to Manchester. The Old Trafford hierarchy have already opened talks with Chelsea to secure his signing.