Declan Rice is interested in a summer move to Manchester United, according to reports. The West Ham star has been in fine form this season, helping the Hammers climb to fourth in the Premier League table. And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign.
Manchester United could sign a new midfielder this summer.
Uncertainty continues to swirl around Paul Pogba, with the France international’s contract expiring at the end of next season.
Donny van de Beek could depart, with the Netherlands international struggling for minutes ever since his move in the summer.
And the Red Devils may also see Nemanja Matic leave. The Serbia international is currently down in Solskjaer’s pecking order and has made just 16 Premier League appearances this term.
As a result, Rice is now on United’s radar.
And the Manchester Evening News say the West Ham star is interested in a move to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign.
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Rice has been in fine form for West Ham this term, helping David Moyes’ side upset the Premier League elite by sitting fourth in the table.
And he supposedly had recent talks with Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw about a summer switch, with the pair endorsing a move.
Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard were also in the England squad at the time and United think Rashford, in particular, can be a good asset off the pitch as well as on it.
Lingard could be used in a swap deal with West Ham, with the 28-year-old scoring eight goals and registering three assists from nine matches for the Hammers so far.
And whether United are able to bring him in is something only time will tell.
Chelsea were interested in signing Rice back in the summer, when Frank Lampard was in charge.
But the Blues have now changed their stance on the midfielder, with Thomas Tuchel having several transfer targets of his own.
Rice isn’t the only player on United’s radar, meanwhile, with the likes of Erling Haaland, Raphael Varane and Max Aarons also being monitored.
Haaland has scored 31 goals in the Bundesliga and Champions League combined for Borussia Dortmund this term, enhancing his reputation as one of the world’s best young strikers in the process.
Varane has been brilliant for Real Madrid but is seemingly open to pursuing a new challenge elsewhere, with his contract expiring in 2022.
And Aarons is under consideration as United seek competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.
Speaking last month, Owen Hargreaves tipped Rice to move to Old Trafford – and thinks his potential is ‘off the charts’.
“I think Rice’s upside is off the charts,” he said.
“He has the potential to be anything and a lot better… I think he plays within himself at West Ham.
“People don’t realise how big he is… he’s 6ft 3in, so he looks like a centre back but he’s actually really good technically.
“I’m not a big fan of players who just play in there and pass it around, you have to stop players too.
“Declan Rice doesn’t have to dictate the game for Man Utd, he can pass to the players who can make the difference and be good defensively.”
Moyes, meanwhile, said in March that Rice was worth more than £100m in today’s world.
“I don’t agree with the owners that Declan Rice is a £100m footballer. Far, far more than £100m. Far, far more,” said the Scot.
“I look at the players who have joined some clubs from overseas and come in and nowhere near had the impact Declan Rice would have.
“I certainly wouldn’t put a price on it. You can decide which figure you want to put on it but I wouldn’t be sanctioning anything like that, that’s for sure.”
He then added: “Do we need the Champions League to keep Declan? No, because Declan is under contract first and foremost, so he can’t go anywhere no matter what, and I keep saying it and I hope people know that when I say something, I mean it.
“We’ve not had an offer for Declan Rice and I hope we don’t get one.
“And you’ve got an idea now of where we’d need to be if it was even going to be considered, certainly be me.
“If we could finish in Europe, in some sort of European position, I think it would be progress.
“And that would be progress for Declan Rice as well because he’s been at West Ham while they’ve been bobbing around the bottom, so this is new for Declan as well.”