Rice is top quality but I agree I'd prefer Bellingham who I think will be genuinely world class.
Both are awesome. Both will be expensive. Both are safe long term investments. If your going to spend BIG money, these dudes are about as safe an option we could find. Would love to have either.
Bellingham would walk right into our 4-3-3. Rice could too, but wouldn't be as attacking minded. Rice an Fab in a 4-2-3-1 is enough to make any fan stiff though. Would reate a new dynamic