Manchester United’s newly formed transfer team has begun pondering their upcoming moves in the summer transfer window, and they are rumoured to all be impressed by West Ham United star Declan Rice.
The 22-year-old has gone from strength to strength this season, taking the captain’s armband and leading the Hammers in the fight for Champions League qualification with his superb displays from midfield.
And according to The Sun, Man Utd’s newly appointed football director John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher are both huge admirers of Rice, while coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would also be in favour of the big-money transfer.
It is claimed that the Red Devils are prepared to allow defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic leave the club in the summer to make way for Rice, although Scott McTominay has been deemed integral to their future plans.
Indeed, United’s midfield remains packed with talent worthy of a starting place in the side, with Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Fred all jostling for their spot in the middle of the park. On top of that, Rice has propelled West Ham to being in with a shout of a top four finish, and should they claim one of those positions, he’d likely be desperate to lead them out in Europe’s biggest competition.
Man Utd have also warned fans against the possibility of heavy spending in the summer transfer window, meaning that an outlay of £80m on a midfielder who is extremely similar in style to one they already possess feels slightly unrealistic and unnecessary.
It appears even more unlikely too, when considering that the Red Devils’ major issues are rooted in their centre-back partnership, with Solskjaer keen to find a suitable companion for captain Harry Maguire.
So, perhaps they may all be in agreement that Rice is a brilliant player, and one who fits the mould of the new Man Utd they are trying to build, but the chances of them throwing almost £100m at West Ham for their talisman is another matter entirely.