Man United remain intent on bringing Declan Rice to Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer filled many holes within the squad during the summer transfer window. However, there’s one glaring problem still remaining; central midfield.
Scott McTominay is our only reliable holding midfielder at the moment, and even he can be hit and miss from time-to-time. Obviously, that issue has to be addressed sooner rather than later.
Enter, Declan Rice. He’s a name United have often been linked with. Those rumours aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, either. Today’s update in that saga comes from Rich Fay, writing for the Manchester Evening News.
Apparently, United have ‘earmarked’ the classy 22-year-old as their ‘principle’ midfield target for next summer’s transfer window.
The England international, is contracted to West Ham until 2024, obviously, Rice comes with a high price-tag for that reason alone.
Rice enjoyed an excellent 2021/22 term for The Hammers, before looking like an even better player for his country at EURO 2020. His stock is beginning to rise as clubs start to take notice of a man who has the desire to go right the way to the top of the footballing pyramid.
Would it be the right signing for United?
Well, that question depends which way you look at it. Rice would be the best holding midfielder at the club as soon as he would walk through the Old Trafford entrance doors.
However, is he that much of an upgrade on McTominay? Does he really warrant a £100m transfer fee? Particularly during these Covid-19 times… I’m not so sure.
If United can generate those funds by selling fringe players then I’m all for it. Though I’m not sure that’s a possibility given the Reds have often tended to struggle to part ways with their fringe players over the last few years.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Rice. I’m just not wholly convinced he’d be worth the astronomical fees being touted.
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