Chelsea told how much to pay as Declan Rice is the sixth most valuable English footballer

Chelsea and other clubs have been told how much to pay as West Ham’s star midfielder Declan Rice is the sixth most valuable English footballer according to study

Declan Rice is the 26th most valuable player in world football and makes up just under a quarter of West Ham’s entire squad value.

That is according to data from CIES Football Observatory who produce a weekly list of the game’s most valuable players. CIES uses an algorithm designed to take in a number of factors to assess the transfer value of players across the globe.

Using the CIES model Rice is valued at between £50 and £70 million making him the sixth most valuable English footballer in the game, Marcus Rashford heads the list valued at a whopping £150-200m.

Rice’s value sees him worth 22.4 percent of the entire West Ham first-team squad, the eleventh highest in terms of a squad percentage value across Europe’s top five leagues (England, Italy, Germany, Spain and France).

The transfer value estimates should be taken with a pinch of salt as David Moyes has already claimed that it would cost “Bank of England money” to prize Rice away from the London Stadium.

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has stated it would require a bid in excess of £100m for the owners to even entertain the idea of selling the England international, so a bid between £50-70m is sure to be rejected out of hand.

CIES also collate the value of all the players in each Premier League squad and rank them from most valubale to least.

The job Moyes has done at West Ham by taking them to fifth in the league looks even more remarkable when taken in this context as the Hammers have only the tenth most valuable squad in the English top tier.

Liverpool and Manchester City top this league streaks ahead of Chelsea in third place. The Reds have a squad value of almost £1 billion with City £35m behind them with a total value of £944m.

West Ham are sandwiched between Wolves on £322m and Aston Villa at £243 with Moyes’ squad valued at £256m.

To put that into context the fifth most valuable squad in the Premier League belongs to Tottenham who have a squad worth £680m. That is over £420m more than the Hammers yet Spurs sit one point behind West Ham in the league table.

Of course, the value of players on paper might not reflect how much they would cost in reality. Bukayo Saka’s price tag of between £100m and £130m values him at double that of Rice, something that were the two players to move clubs would be hard to imagine being replicated in transfer fees.

Along with Rashford and Saka, Rice is valued behind only Phil Foden, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harry Kane when it comes to English players.

West Ham fans will be hoping that no bid for Rice is accepted and they never have to find out exactly what the owners value him at.

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