Declan Rice could be the 3rd most expensive footballer of all time

If West Ham United’s valuation of Declan Rice is met this summer, he will become the third most expensive football player of all time.

Rice has proven himself to be one of the best players in the Premier League over the past five years.

Impressed by his performances at the London Stadium, Manchester United and Chelsea are keen to give Rice a platform to perform on a more prestigious stage.

And according to the Daily Mail, West Ham bosses have reluctantly accepted it made sense for them to cash in at the end of the season.

But they would demand a transfer fee of £150m.

At present, according to figures from the Daily Mail, only two players have been sold for over £150million. They are PSG duo Neymar (£198m) and Kylian Mbappe (£163m).

West Ham want £150million for Declan Rice which would make him the third most expensive footballer of all time

Chelsea are currently operating under a transfer ban, but it will be lifted as soon as Roman Abramovich is replaced as owner.

If Chelsea could spend £150m on Rice this summer, the 23-year-old would smash his club transfer record of over £50m.

Romelu Lukaku is currently Chelsea’s most expensive signing, having arrived for £97.5m from Inter Milan last year.

Meanwhile, Paul Pogba is United’s current record signing, having cost £89m when he joined Juventus in 2016.

The most expensive football players of all time

These are the 10 most expensive transfers in world football in March 2022

Player For Since Costs Year

1.Neymar

PSG

Barcelona

£198 million

2017

2. Kylain Mbappe

PSG

monaco

£163 million

2018

3. Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona

liverpool

£140 million

2018

4. João Felix

Atlético Madrid

Benfica

£114 million

2019

5. Antoine Griezmann

Barcelona

Atlético Madrid

£107 million

2019

6. Jack Greish

Manchester City

AstonVilla

£100 million

2021

7. Romelu Lukaku

chelsea

InterMilan

£97.5m

2021

8. Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona

Dortmund

£97m

2017

=9. Paul Pogba

Manchester United

Juventus

£89m

2016

=9. Eden Hazard

real Madrid

chelsea

£89m

2019

Pogba is set to leave Old Trafford this summer when his contract expires.

The French star recently gave a great interview to French newspaper Le Figaro in which he revealed he suffered from depression during his second spell at United.

Pogba also said in the interview that the last five seasons have not “satisfied” him and that he considers this season to be “dead”.

Among the ten most expensive football players of all time, Pogba is not the only one who can make a free transfer this summer.

Their French compatriots Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele are both approaching the final three months of their current contracts at PSG and Barcelona respectively.